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    Teachers' rights law takes effect

    New legal powers for teachers and schools in England to restrain and discipline unruly pupils have come into effect.
    The law sets out teachers' right to break up fights and to confiscate items like mobile phones.
    The changes are intended to put an end to what teachers' unions call the "You can't tell me what to do" culture.
    It is also hoped the legislation will help tackle cyber-bullying via mobiles and the internet.

    Restrain and remove

    Previously, teachers had been allowed to restrain pupils under common law, with the same authority as parents.

    But the new law explicitly states that teachers have the right to physically restrain and remove unruly pupils, and impose detention, including sessions outside school hours and on Saturdays.

    Teachers will be able to discipline pupils outside school too - if they see children behaving badly on public transport, for instance.

    The new powers are enshrined in the 2006 Education and Inspections Act - much of which comes into force on 1 April.
    Ministers believe the common law powers are too vague.

    The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Steve Sinnott, welcomed the changes, but said the government should do more to explain them to schools and to parents.
    Meanwhile, ministers are also planning an advertising campaign aimed at tackling bullying via the internet and mobile phones.

    Research funded by the government estimates that a quarter of young people have experienced this sort of cyber bullying.


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    Damnit. UK rocks. A lot of teachers here in the States might be going across the pond!

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    Sounds like a damn good law. May we copy it????
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    they need to start that here for sure!!

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    It sounds like a good law, but I hope it doesn't lead to teachers having to constantly use this authority to keep order. If a kid doesn't want to learn, don't fool around with "fixing" him. Just kick him to the curb and let the kids that want to learn do so.
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    It is also hoped the legislation will help tackle cyber-bullying via mobiles and the internet.
    I never was a teenage girl - maybe one who was could explain this nonsense to me?

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    As a former teenage boy I don't get how one gets bullied by text. I'm going to need an explanation on that too. I wasn't tough in school, but I only got bullied once. Live, learn, avoid and get on with life.

    How does this work? Someone help me out here.

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