Teachers to be given protection against pupils’ false allegations

“Michael Gove’s measures to enforce school discipline will include giving heads power to press criminal charges. As well as having the power to press criminal charges, headteachers will be able to temporarily or permanently exclude pupils who make false allegations.

Teachers will also get added protection through an assumption that they have behaved reasonably until the contrary is proved, and confirmation that they can use reasonable force to control children. At present, they can be suspended on the word of a pupil.

Nearly 30% of school staff have been the subject of a false allegation of misconduct by a pupil, according to a 2009 survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which said that false claims blighted careers and damaged private lives.”

To read the full article by Ben Quinn click here

Our View

Any changes which protect staff from allegations whilst investigations are taking place is surely a good thing, obviously not at the expense of students’ welfare though. We await the details in anticipation….

What is your view on this change – good, bad or indifferent? Post your thoughts here.

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