Schools should not “over discipline” persistently unruly pupils for fear of alienating them and should instead hand out praise five times more often than punishments, the Government has said.
"New guidance on school discipline, reported in The Times, cautions teachers against repeatedly praising only “the same good pupils”, suggesting that rewards also be given to persistent miscreants who show an improvement in behaviour, however small."
"Teachers should understand the importance of showing respect to children from racial or religious backgrounds for whom public humiliation is seen as particularly shameful. In these cases, staff should not use language that might humiliate youngsters in front of their friends. "
Ed: There's a fascinating story on truanting on our local patch on Kent Online but given the knife, gang, gun, bullying culture that is increasingly prevalent in inner city schools, can government really believe that the solution lies in praise? "Put the knife down Wayne, there's a good boy."