18 July 2017
Has English education reform got it in for children? Is it in danger of producing brutalising behaviour regimes, where pupils become scared into submission by the authority figures now running schools? Are they sent the message: conform now, or get out?
These questions appear bleak. But versions of these worries seem increasingly common, as I come across them in investigating individual goings-on in schools.
Even to pose the questions above seems likely to invite either a murmur of acknowledgement or cries of derision, such is the polarisation of opinion around whether what have been classed as “zero tolerance” approaches to behaviour management are appropriate or not.