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Big Beasts

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol

One lunchtime last week whilst doing my usual trawl through the educational publications lying about in the staffroom I came across an article in the TES featuring the ‘big beasts’ to be found in schools. These creatures are, apparently, teachers at the mention of whose names “all bad behaviour ends.” They are an “invaluable tool for maintaining order.”

When I started teaching these people were not called “behaviour behemoths”, they were called head teachers and deputy head teachers. Would that this were still the case. The author of the article suggested that the ‘big beasts’ were useful for keeping order in assemblies and fire drills and “where the status quo has shifted and teachers are running scared of the students.” Heaven help us.

Discipline in schools would be so much better if the idea of being sent to the head’s office filled pupils with trepidation. Nowadays, it is often more like having a counselling session. They see school leaders in the corridors and no longer instinctively tuck their shirts in, do their ties up, hide their painted nails and stop chewing gum. What hope is there for mere supply teachers? I know I am sounding like a big beast, a dinosaur, but I am not asking for aggression, just assertive leadership whereby pupils know who’s the boss. And it’s not them.

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Tags: Lyn, Secondary, supply, attitudes, education, government, discipline

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