Teachers will be allowed to discipline
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|Thu, 07-08-2010 - 4:15pm|
Should the US follow London's lead on something like this?
Teachers will be allowed to 'discipline unruly pupils'
(AFP) – 1 day ago
LONDON — Head teachers in England will be given wider powers to search pupils for alcohol, mobile phones and drugs, the government said on Wednesday, as it unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at restoring "discipline in the classroom."
Under current rules, school staff can only search pupils if they suspect they are hiding weapons.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said head teachers "are too often constrained by regulations which inhibit them from maintaining control of the classroom."
"Today we are removing red tape so that teachers can ensure discipline in the classroom and promote good behaviour," he added.
From September, teachers will be allowed to search pupils for alcohol, drugs and stolen property, as well as mobile phones, MP3 players, cameras, pornography, fireworks, cigarettes and so-called "legal highs".
In other measures set out by Gibbs, rules allowing teachers to use physical force to remove unruly students from the classroom will be simplified, and teachers facing accusations of malpractice will be granted anonymity.
"Ministers wish to put an end to rumours and malicious gossip about innocent teachers which can ruin careers and even lives," Gibbs said.