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Automatic suspension axed for 'unreasonable force' claims

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by gailrobinson, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Ministers have said that teachers accused of using unreasonable force on pupils should no longer be automatically suspended from their jobs. It's part of the Government's attempts to 'strengthen authority in the classroom'
    Do you welcome this move?
    Read the full story from this week's TES - Automatic suspension axed for 'unreasonable force' claims
     
  2. Ministers have said that teachers accused of using unreasonable force on pupils should no longer be automatically suspended from their jobs. It's part of the Government's attempts to 'strengthen authority in the classroom'
    Do you welcome this move?
    Read the full story from this week's TES - Automatic suspension axed for 'unreasonable force' claims
     
  3. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    I rejoice, and the civilised world rejoices. A suspension, however you attempt to disguise it with horn-rimmed spectacles and a comedy moustache, is a punishment in itself. Which means that children, by the merest uttering of an allegation, can chastise a teacher. Innocent until proven guilty is a principle that falters in practice.
    If there are any allegations made, then the school can still reorganise timetables so that accuser and accused aren't in each others' spheres. Furthermore, this proposal doesn't remove the actual ability of schools to suspend- rather it removes the automatic insistence that all teachers in such a position must be suspended. Which means that in cases of overwhelming guilt (multiple witnesses, etc) then suspension is still an option. But now it's not a blanket reflex.
    Which is good.
    http://behaviourguru.blogspot.com/
     

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