Parents of pupils at Trinity Catholic College, a secondary school and sixth form, are angry for making their children stand up when an adult enters the room.
Parents have said that they were not been informed about the changes. I’m lost for words here, isn’t the school system allowed to teach its pupils respect. Something that goes a long way not just for the adults but for each other.
Yes one can argue that respect comes has to be earned or that it comes from a special place. However i believe in the saying it takes a village to raise a man. Most kids spend more time at school than with their parents and that environment need to respectful on both ways
I don’t know if it’s because in my culture this is normal, however if you’re not familiar with this I can see why a parent might disagree. We do have to think about those teachers that don’t get the respect and praises they deserve. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job.
In some cases teachers do demand respect by force which I do not stand for and some can be bullies. In this situation I believe the school are trying to tackle down behavior issues.
One parent has claimed it to be “regimented power trip” and a “throwback to Victorian times”.
Mum-of-five Michelle, who comes from Middlesbrough, says she was “shocked” when she learned about the new regime.
“I know the school has an issue with behaviour.
“I’m just not convinced that kind of conformity is the way to stamp it out.
“What next, a salute?
“Respect comes from a special place and you have to earn it, respect the children and that will be given back to you.
“I feel as though it’s a power thing, it is a bit power-happy and has an awful feel to it.”
She added: “It should never be ‘do as I say without question, I get respect whether I’m a good person or role model or not’.
“You are opening up a whole can of worms.
“The school has implemented some really good things, the head has come in and got stuck in and is sorting these things out.
“But this is a little bit too far.
“What else is implemented without parents knowing?”
Headteacher Louise Dwyer says the school is “getting the basics right” in their efforts to tackle problems with poor behaviour, which have arisen due to recent “turbulence” with the school’s leadership.
Standing for guests is no different to what “you or I” would do “in our homes”, she added.
Staff also greet pupils on entering the classroom and it’s having a “positive effect on the majority of pupils”.
School head Mrs Dwyer said: “Our aim is to build on the strong Catholic ethos that already exists and ensure that all staff have a driving ambition for every child to excel.
“We teach our pupils to have respect for one another, the staff and environment.
“My main aim as headteacher is to provide a climate for learning that is purposeful and therefore we have spent time on getting the basics right.”
That includes staff greeting pupils at the start of lessons with a ‘good morning or afternoon’, she added. •••
“Like parents, we encourage our pupils to treat our guests with respect.
“Therefore just as you or I would stand for a guest in our home as a mark of respect, we ask that staff and pupils stand for guests when they enter the classroom in order to warmly invite them in.”
Mrs Dwyer added: “We are delighted with the recent Ofsted visit and the recognition that we are taking effective action towards becoming a good school.”