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Schools: Disruptive Children

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What further action they propose to take against disruptive children in schools. [HL696]

The proportion of schools judged by OFSTED to have unsatisfactory standards of behaviour is at an historic low. However, the Government remain determined to achieve further improvements. We will therefore continue to implement our comprehensive national programme to strengthen the capacity of schools to manage behaviour. This includes giving schools access to high-quality guidance, training, curriculum materials and advice from expert consultants, establishing a clear statutory basis for teachers' disciplinary authority, providing extra resources for schools facing the greatest challenges, giving schools statutory power to search pupils for weapons and encouraging the placement of police officers in schools.

Further developments this term include the extension of behaviour partnerships to most secondary schools, the extension of the “Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning” programme to secondary schools, and new legal duties for parents to arrange supervision for their children for the first five days of any exclusion from school and for schools or local authorities to provide supervised education from the sixth day.