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Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to help teachers maintain discipline in schools. (320690)

This Government have given teachers a range of powers to tackle poor behaviour including, for the first time, a clear statutory power to discipline pupils. We have also provided support, guidance and consultancy to schools on behaviour improvement. Our behaviour challenge launched last September, sets out a series of actions to drive behaviour standards higher—enabling all schools to be not simply satisfactory in their behaviour standards but good or outstanding.