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Reader’s comment: In nappies aged six

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In response to Jason Reed: Teacher shouts at naughty pupils. Good for him, A spy called April wrote:

I had lunch with an old friend who is a TA in a school which is in a fairly decent area and was shocked to hear about what goes on, on a daily basis. She supports a class of six-year-olds, but has to put up with swearing, violence, destructive behaviour, insolence and defiance every day in her job. This is no inner-city sink estate school, it’s a school in a mainly white area with some very expensive properties nearby. Apparently, teaching is suspended several times a day, because of the bad behaviour of a few children and expulsions are common. Some of the kids are still in nappies (at six, for goodness sake), but have no physical reason to be so and are barely literate. There is no capacity for imagination amongst these children beyond the screen of a phone or tablet and the brightest of the bunch are being crushed, because of the demands of the worst behaved. My friend despairs for the future of these children and lays the blame squarely at the door of poor parenting and fear of reprisals from the ‘entitled’ masses at this breakdown in teaching and discipline. I am so grateful that my own children are no longer in full-time education and have managed to grow into responsible adults; something has failed miserably in this country that we have descended into this sad state of affairs and I think it is the abrogation of the notion of personal and parental responsibility.

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