Based on the 2009 Steer report on behaviour management in schools, it emerged that there was a quote from Sir Alan Steer, via The independent,
Badly behaved pupils should be given a 'right royal rollicking'
So after all the hefty tomes written and consultations made we're back to stocks and tomatoes. Shouting at children is not an acceptable way to interact, it sets a very poor tone, breaks what weak relationship there may have been, positively promotes high volume interactions as the way forward. Just because this is what was done to us when we were in school and presumably to the children in Sir Alan's school doesn't mean it should be continued.
I do think shouting may have a place, but only when health & safety issues are involved and one needs to get attention quickly. It is wholly unacceptable to see it used as a tool for dominance - it is totally at odds with what education is all about
All the good work done in supporting challenging children through their issues has just gone back at least 10 years if he is not taken to task on this, it's appalling.
Some staff and managers will now take it upon themselves to do the shouting and rollicking and instead of developing calm, reflective, resolution and relationship-based schools. Is this how you would like to be treated in your discussions with the head? If not then it shouldn't be done with the children.
Treat others how you would like to be treated
Many people have worked very hard to promote and develop the Supportive Behaviour Management approach and this has just kicked them in the teeth. Student support, learning mentors, ELSAs, FLOs, counsellors and many others will see this as completely opposite to what they have been promoting and using.
So what is the message now - read the whole document and attempt to implement the recommendations or just go to the core and keep shouting and dominating? Did I miss that somewhere? Have things changed much in the intervening 31/2 years?
Paul Dix of Pivotal Education has also responded to this article
First published 5 May 2009