Schools shun discipline to cut red tape 1 October 2013
Teachers are shying away from disciplining badly behaved students because there’s too much paperwork involved, a regional teachers’ leader claims.

Principals have become frustrated with the discipline process, and teachers sometimes feel pressured to issue their own “informal consequences” instead of detentions, according to a paper to be presented at the Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s national conference in Wellington tomorrow.

Manawatu and Whanganui PPTA regional chairman Rob Torr says some teachers in the region are not allowed to issue formal detentions, or have significant restrictions put on using them.

“They can’t physically issue a formal lunchtime detention themselves. Instead, they have to fill out the appropriate paperwork, then pass it on to their manager, and that is time spent away from student learning.”

Mr Torr will present the paper, Student Misbehaviour – Of No Meaningful Consequence, on behalf of principals frustrated with the discipline process, and teachers at the conference are expected to discuss issues around “excessive paperwork and delays” putting some of them off reporting incidents of misbehaviour.