New law allows UK teachers to use ‘reasonable force’

NZ Herald 02 April 07
New laws giving teachers the right to restrain unruly pupils have come into force. The legal powers, which came into effect in England and Wales today, have, for the first time, given schools the statutory power to discipline pupils for inappropriate behaviour or disregarding instructions.The measures, contained in the Education and Inspections Act 2006, are designed to stamp out the “you can’t tell me what to do” culture among pupils. Until now, teachers had been allowed to restrain pupils under common law, with the same authority as parents.But the new powers explicitly state that teachers have the right to physically restrain pupils, use “reasonable force” to break up fights when a youngster or teacher risks being injured and remove disorderly pupils from classrooms.