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The New Schools Act

BBC NEWS | Education | Teachers' rights law takes effect

Previously, teachers had been allowed to restrain pupils under common law, with the same authority as parents.

But the new law explicitly states that teachers have the right to physically restrain and remove unruly pupils, and impose detention, including sessions outside school hours and on Saturdays.

Teachers will be able to discipline pupils outside school too - if they see children behaving badly on public transport, for instance.

..The Act extends schools' powers to make parents take responsibility for their children's actions if they misbehave, through the use of parenting contracts, enforceable with a fine of up to 1,000 pounds.

Other gems included in the act are:

(1) A local education authority in England must-
(a) prepare for each academic year a document containing their strategy to promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of their area ("a sustainable modes of travel strategy"),
(b) publish the strategy in such manner and by such time as may be prescribed, and
(c) promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of their area.


A local education authority in England shall exercise their functions under this section with a view to-
(a) securing diversity in the provision of schools, and
(b) increasing opportunities for parental choice."

No admission arrangements for a community, foundation or voluntary school may make provision for selection by ability ...No admission arrangements for a maintained school may require or authorise any interview with an applicant for admission to the school or his parents, where the interview is to be taken into account (to any extent) in determining whether the applicant is to be admitted to the school.

A bit of a dogs dinner, clearing up what reasonable teachers can do and where is probably a good thing, extending teachers rights over parental rights for out of school hours detentions is a worrying step. And the inclusion of all this equality and sustainability guff is plain wrong.


I used to think doyly was my least favourite word in the English language, so awfully tinny (Saturday detention watching Monty Python for those who don't understand). However, the word sustainable has come screeming into number one and my better half agrees so that makes it a statistically significant sample.

Of course, the real bad news is that all this guff will involve ratepayers and taxpayers money.

How are kids supposed to get to school for Saturday detention? Presumably one should threaten to drive the little miscreants to school in the Chelsea tractor, drive home and then back again to pick them up, that should put the Chief Executive for Sustainable Modes of Travel in a spin. Shouldn't schools be looking at the carbon emissions associated with each form of punishment, surely we need a Chief Executive for Sustainable Modes of Punishment. Afterall you can never have too many public servants.

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