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Disciplinary Methods

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what disciplinary methods newly-qualified teachers are (a) encouraged to use and (b) discouraged from using; and what guidance is available from the Department. [111650]

The Teacher Training Agencys standards for initial teacher training and induction require all new teachers to be equipped with a range of strategies to support and improve pupil behaviour. It is for individual teachers, acting within law and in line with the school behaviour policy, to determine which methods to use in particular circumstances.We provided guidance to schools on drawing up and implementing effective behaviour policies in Social Inclusion: Pupil Support, published in 1999. We are investing nearly £470 million over the next three years in the national behaviour and attendance strategy, which will among other things, provide further advice and training to support the development and consistent implementation of whole school behaviour policies by all secondary school staff, including newly-qualified teachers.