Leadership Dilemma: You are the head teacher of a school. A child swears at a teacher in front of other children. What do you do?
Does such an occurence automatically mean that the child should be excluded from school?
It’s certainly one of the most common reasons for exclusion.
My own point of view has always been to treat every situation as a discrete incident – and make a judgment accordingly. Yet there exists an expectation that where a child swears “directly” at a teacher that classroom order and the digniity of the teacher can only be maintained if the child is punished by a period of exclusion.
What do you reckon?