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Get pupils, not teachers, to tell parents about their behaviour

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Jamvic, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter


    Pupils, rather than teachers, could tell parents and carers about their behaviour, new advice published by the Department for Education suggests. The proposal is one of a series of measures that the department says schools should consider in order to reduce workload.

    “Consider how pupils, rather than the teacher, can be responsible for their behaviour; for example, by informing their parents and carers and writing reports for their teacher about their behaviour.”

    :D:D:D:D Can’t breathe for laughing.... just imagining what some of my past bottom set year 11’s would have written in their ‘parental report’ about their behaviour.
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  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Did this report come out on April 1st?
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The number of times I've said to parents "well, what actually happened was..."

    Having said that, I've also seen "Now phone your parents and tell them what you've just done.." work very powerfully. It has to be under supervision though!
  4. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    That was my first thought too but no, it’s not an April Fool’s article.
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  5. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    I know! I often thought that if certain pupils could harness the same imaginative skills in their English work as they employ in their excuses/explanations for bad behaviour they would have achieved amazing grades.
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  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Or when a kid has told me that they will get their parents up to the school about me I have said "Let's go phone them now"!
  7. tonymars

    tonymars Established commenter

    Yes blazer. This has worked for me in the past too.
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  8. WB

    WB Senior commenter

    I think prisoners should write their on parole recommendations.
  9. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    This workload reducing idea needs to be taken further: schools could write their own inspection reports. Half a page should suffice (don't want to make that task too onerous).
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  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Why not get teachers, rather than pupils, to take the exams. I often think how much simpler it would be if I could just do the exam for them.
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  11. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    :D Love it!
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  12. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    Apart from the hilarious idea of getting pupils to write their own behaviour reports, it is not clear what the point is of the remaining suggestions. They are either what already happens (are there any schools which don't use some sort of 3 level codes for behaviour issues?) or things which would be good but we can't afford (a central place responsible for out-of-class behaviour management).
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  13. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Great idea. I'll write my own appraisal and my own references too.
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  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I took a look over my grand daughters 11+ practice paper at the weekend. I struggled! I don't recall it being that hard when I took it in 1968!
  15. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Established commenter

    Surely workload would increase! First I’d have to read all the reports and then correct them! :p
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  16. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Can the DfE really not be aware that publishing this kind of advice makes them sound ridiculous. Or do they just not care anymore?
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  17. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    The only version of this I use is at Parent's evening - I always ask the student what they think I am going to be speaking to their parents about. Most of my students identify their in class flaws fairly quickly and it stops parents complaining as much - it is hard to deny a child's poor behaviour when they have already admitted it!
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  18. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Here's a radical idea. Why not let teachers, rather than ignorant here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians, devise the curriculum.
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