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School Discipline Written Answer, 31/10/12 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Murdo Fraser's (Cons) question asking the Scottish Government what it is doing to improve discipline in schools.

The Minister for Learning, Alasdair Allan, replied that the Scottish Government takes seriously the need constantly to improve behaviour in schools. Curriculum for Excellence has encouraged schools to focus on creating a positive school ethos as the starting point for learning and the Scottish Government has supported schools and local authorities in implementing a range of strategies and programmes which promote positive behaviour. The Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2012 found that the vast majority of staff see pupils as generally well behaved and this has been consistent over the last three surveys in 2006, 2009, and 2012. Over the same period school exclusions have dropped by 40%.

The research identified areas where there is room for further improvement. The Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Advisory Group on Behaviour in Schools, is developing an action plan which will address these areas. The plan will be published in the new year.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 31 October 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 31 October 2012