Ruth Kelly, it would seem, is trying to cultivate the ‘hard bastard’ image that did so well for David Blunkett until his libido got the better of his career. Today she’s taking a pop a low-level disruption in the classroom ahead of Ofsted’s annual report due out tomorrow. Reading between the lines of the BBC’s report, her radical plan boils down to more sin bins.
I would have preferred it had she instead promoted the more rounded approach of Chalkface author Anthony Grunwell. He promotes a student-centred whole school approach, that encourages students and staff to examine their own behaviour and its effects on others.
By a curious coincidence, we have his book Improving Behaviour In and Out of the Classroom on half-price special this month.