I read this BBC report with dismay; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14324743 Starting with the Conservatives and Nick Gibb in particular the report appears to contradict the party line on discipline in schools as behaviour is improving. Despite this Nick couldn't resist the chance for a political soundbite about 'new powers' for Heads and teachers. Personally I don't feel particularly empowered, in fact I think that teachers have reason to feel disempowered by a particular piece of Conservative policy outlined in the recent whitepaper on education. Despite the cheap soundbites Nick's reaction to the exclusion figures is bizarrely the most accurate - behaviour is probably not getting better and as I'd bet most of us are aware there is are two simple explanations for the falling levels of permanent and fixed term exclusions - The increase in 'managed moves' - if you look hard enough you can find some acknowledgement of this by the Department of Education. LEA policy of charging schools for permanently excluding students to fund alternative provision - academies (whom I have heard are exempt from said charges) currentlly exclude a larger % of students than LEA schools. The school whitepaper suggests that the government favours an expansion of this policy - so much for the new powers! Despite these two obvious explanations the unions couldn't resist using the article as a chance to boast on the behalf of SLT members everywhere as if duking the stats is something to celebrate. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of all this is the BBC's reluctance to question any of it - a five minute internet search provides government acknowledgement of managed moves and financial penalties for trying to exclude badly behaved students. Rant over - I guess my question for the behaviour forum is; Does anyone believe these figures really represent an improvement in student behaviour?