This study investigates the deployment of additional staff to promote positive discipline in schools. Good discipline in schools is an end in itself, socialising children and young people into acceptable standards of behaviour. It is also a means to an end, promoting subject matter learning and attainment. Concerns about standards of discipline are nothing new. The Discipline Task Group of 2001 is the latest in a series of reports on the matter, reflecting the high policy interest in this area. The social exclusion unit in the Cabinet Office, highlighted exclusion and truancy from school as urgent matters for attention in the context of tackling wider social exclusion. These concerns were echoed by the Pack Committee of 1977, reporting on attendance and behaviour in Scottish schools and by the Elton Committee of 1989 which focussed on England and Wales.
The project aims to:
The research has the following components:
Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED)
University of Edinburgh: Professor Pamela Munn, Dr Gwynedd Lloyd, Professor Sheila Riddell, Dr Gale McLeod, Dr Gillean McCluskey.
University of Glasgow: Jean Kane
University of Strathclyde: Professor John Fairley and colleagues
1 November 2003
31 October 2004