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New Powers to Discipline

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Summary

Mike Baker delves into the sensitive issue of discipline in schools, currently a hot topic after the coalition government promised to give teachers extra powers to ensure good behaviour.

Mike considers the government's proposals and asks whether they are a necessary response to growing problems or a vote-winning strategy.

He visits Bishop Challoner Catholic School, London, to talk to staff and students about new powers of search, clearer guidance on the use of physical restraint, instant detentions and anonymity for teachers facing allegations.

Mike also solicits the views and opinions of Chris Keates, of the NASUWT, John Bangs, of the NUT, and Eleonora Christodoulides of the Advisory Centre for Education.

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