“Feelings, nothing more than feelings…”

Posted: November 17, 2008 in Education, Our children

Education that feeeeels so good, but looks ridiculous.

zz490e5942Pupils as young as five given right to tell teachers how they want to be taught and what uniform to wear
By Laura Clark

Children as young as five will win the legal right to tell teachers how they should be taught and disciplined for bad behaviour, it emerged today.

Pupils will be handed an unprecedented say in the running of their schools – from the uniforms they wear to the meals they eat.

But the proposed new duty on school governors to ‘invite and consider’ children’s views drew an angry backlash from teachers’ leaders who claimed it would be ‘open to abuse’.

Ministers have also been warned that schools will be vulnerable to lawsuits brought by parents who claim their children have not been properly consulted.


Yesterday Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, criticised the planned legal duty as ‘unnecessary’ and warned it would undermine teachers’ authority, driving them out of the classroom.

She said some schools were already allowing groups of pupils to stand at the back of classes observing lessons without the teacher’s agreement and to sit on interview panels for new staff.

And she was aware of a recent case where a teacher had gone for a job only to find she was subjected to a ‘speed dating’-style interview, which involved spending five minutes talking to a series of pupils sitting at individual desks. (more…)

  1. sasha says:

    WTH?!? why would anyone consider this? what are these british thinking????

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