Ministers launch crackdown on bad behaviour in schools

Tom Bennett, the Government’s advisor on behaviour, said: “Good behaviour is fundamental – not just to great learning, but countless other goals we value. However, too many students don’t enjoy classrooms where they can thrive and feel safe, and teachers need support and training to ensure this is the case.“This scheme may very well be one of the most significant strategies for public good we have seen in decades and I’m thrilled to be leading this national programme that will help schools become safer and calmer, allowing more children and staff to flourish.”The Department for Education will hire a team of behaviour experts to visit schools and come up with action plans on how to improve their culture. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Parents could be fined if children are persistently late for school, ministers have announced, amid a Government crackdown on bad behaviour.The move comes against a backdrop of rising concern about classroom disruption, with a third of state schools marked as having poor behaviour, according to Ofsted inspection reports.From September 2015 to December 2018, 34 per cent of state schools were marked as either “inadequate” or “requires improvement” rating for the Ofsted criteria of “personal development, behaviour and welfare”.  Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for permanent exclusions in state schools, accounting for over a third (35.7 per cent) of all permanent exclusions in 2016/17.The £10 million crackdown will focus on advising schools how to improve issues such as pupil attendance and punctuality and detention systems.If a pupil is persistently late without a valid reason, this may lead to the parent being issued with a penalty notice or prosecuted.Earlier this year, the Education Secretary said that truancy is a key reason for rising knife crime, as he admitted efforts to reduce the number of pupils persistently absent from school have stalled.One child in 10 is persistently absent while overall unauthorised absence has increased from one per cent in 2006 to 1.3 per cent in 2016/17, according to official data.

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