ASCL comment on school behaviour consultation

29/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s launch of a consultation on behaviour and discipline in schools.
 
Commenting on the Education Secretary’s launch of a consultation on behaviour and discipline in schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The Education Secretary appears to be obsessed with the subject of mobile phones in schools. In reality, every school will already have a robust policy on the use of mobile phones; it isn’t some sort of digital free-for-all. Approaches will vary between settings and contexts, but this is an operational decision for schools, not something that can be micromanaged from Westminster. Frankly, school and college leaders would prefer the Education Secretary to be delivering an ambitious post-pandemic recovery plan and setting out how he intends to minimise educational disruption next term, rather than playing to backbenchers on the subject of behaviour.
 
“We have no objection to looking at the issue of how to support good behaviour in general, but it is important to recognise that there are wider factors that also need to be addressed. There have been severe cutbacks to the support that is available to struggling families and children over the past 10 years because of the government’s austerity policies. These programmes are an essential part of addressing the complex needs of many young people and supporting good behaviour. The government must do more for our most vulnerable families.”