The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, recently stated that he was dismayed by the behaviour in classrooms across Britain and has called for every comprehensive school to introduce a ‘grammar school ethos’. This would mean schools returning to traditional disciplines, with strict rules, where pupils are taught to stand when the head teacher enters the room and respect their elders, but is this necessary for a good education and to prepare pupils for the future?
Sir Michael has called for what has been dubbed a “renaissance of respect”. This has come after an Ofsted inspector apparently reported a lack of respect from pupils to teachers. The inspector claimed that they had been left “aghast” by pupils refusing to move out the way whilst walking around the schools premises accompanied by the head teacher.
The Chief Inspector proceeded to say how he watched the series ‘Educating Essex’ created by channel 4 with his head in his hands due to the television programme showing pupils misbehaving without facing punishment. However according to The Guardian the programme has had a positive influence on children, increasing the amount of pupils wanting to become teachers across Britain.
Sir Michael believes that pupils should refer to teachers as ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ and wants Head teachers to stop acting like social workers. The Chief Inspector continued to say that teachers should not call pupils ‘mate’ or put their arm around pupils, stating that “the best social work a teacher can do is to create a very orderly and structured environment”. The Chief Inspector continued to state that he believed a quarter of Head teachers in secondary schools are “not good enough” and were slowing progress made by pupils in primary schools. He intends to deploy inspectors to crackdown on ‘casual leadership’.
This statement angered Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT who responded by saying that “it’s a bit rich making these statements about 25% of Head teachers. When he has overseen an organisation that has just had to get rid of 40% of its inspectors”.
But do pupils around Britain’s schools need to have a ‘grammar school ethos’ to enhance their learning? Do head teachers need to change the way they communicate with their pupils to demand more respect? Can ‘casual leadership’ work with pupils or must it be strict at all times? And more importantly will this help Britain’s coasting schools increase standards and grades? What do you think? Have you say here…