Michael Gove’s punishment policy won’t solve discipline problems

In this piece Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kid’s Company, respond to Michael Gove’s suggestion that we return to more traditional styles of discipline in schools by imposing tougher sanctions. While Camila recognises the legitimacy of the concerns that violence is manifesting itself in younger children she believes that persistent bad behaviour involves children with complex needs, who exhibit this behaviour for a number of underlying reasons.

For children like this, punishment doesn’t work – it only serves to exclude them further from the educational setting. She concludes that our children “deserve better leadership than a politician proclaiming potency through punishment”.