Mean streets teacher has advice for NZ

Otago Daily Times 26/03/2010

He was only in the principal’s chair for a week, and he had suspended 300 pupils for swearing at teachers, refusing to attend lessons, fostering a gang culture and even starting a serious fire at his London school. But Sir Paul Grant’s actions sent a very clear message to his pupils at Robert Clack School in Dagenham – their “anything goes” culture had to change. And it worked. He managed to curb the appalling behaviour at one of the toughest secondary schools in London, and it went on to achieve the best A-level results in Barking and Dagenham borough, and some of the best in London. His achievement has won him national respect, and many awards including a knighthood.