Did you ever have the school cane being used?
One in five teachers believe the school cane being used should be reintroduced in schools to restore order in the classroom. Did you ever have the school cane being used?
More than 20 years after corporal punishment was banned in state schools, many teachers said it was acceptable the school cane being used to hit children “in extreme cases”.
One in five teachers believe the school cane being used should be reintroduced
The majority of those backing the cane said it was needed to crackdown on bad behaviour in British schools.
It follows a Government-backed study last year which found many parents believed discipline had deteriorated since the cane was abolished.
In the latest poll, 20.3 per cent of teachers said it should be reintroduced.
One supply teacher told researchers: “Children’s behaviour is now absolutely outrageous in the majority of schools. I am a supply teacher, so I see very many schools and there are no sanctions. There are too many anger management people and their ilk who give children the idea that it is their right to flounce out of lessons for time out because they have problems with their temper. They should be caned instead.”
Many parents believed discipline had deteriorated since the cane was abolished
And a primary teacher, said: “There is justification, or an argument, for bringing back corporal punishment, if only as a deterrent. I believe some children just don’t respond to the current sanctions.”
The Times Educational Supplement surveyed 6,162 teachers.
Support for a return to corporal punishment was strongest among secondary teachers, with 22 per cent backing the idea compared with 16 per cent of those in primary schools.
But support was lower among senior staff – head teachers and deputies – with just 12 per cent supported the caning of pupils.
The cane was abolished in state schools in 1987 and 1998 in the fee-paying sector.
John Dunford, of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Thankfully, corporal punishment is no longer on the agenda, except in the most uncivilised countries. I am sure that this barbaric punishment has disappeared forever.”
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: “Violence against children is clearly unacceptable and illegal.”