School asks children to walk with hands behind their backs as parents accuse teachers of going back to Victorian times – Telegraph.co.uk
It’s the latest idea meant to improve behaviour and stop rowdy children running riot in school corridors.
But a Market Harborough school has faced a backlash after asking children to walk with their hands behind their backs between lessons.
The school has been criticised for the “Victorian” policy, which teachers say will help them develop “good habits” and “secure routines”.
Parents of pupils at Market Harborough C of E Academy in Leicestershire have also been told by the school’s new headteacher that the policy is for “safety” and to encourage a “calm” atmosphere.
Children as young as four were encouraged to adopt the position to walk between classrooms and when returning to the building after lunchtime break.
However, some angry parents have dubbed the policy draconian and have likened the school to a “boot camp”.
One mother, who has two children at the school, said: “Even the youngest pupils are expected to do it. It’s far too much when they’re only four and just getting used to school in the first place. This regime is draconian. It’s like a boot camp – it’s 2017, not the dark ages.”
She added that it was less safe for pupils to have their arms behind their backs because should they stumble, they wouldn’t “naturally” be able to put their hands in front of them to stop their fall.
She said: “I’m really angry about this. I find it very upsetting. I know other parents feel the same.”
A father with children at the school said: “I can’t speak for everyone but it’s like Victorian times. I know lots of parents are outraged about it and have raised it with the school. It seems to be one of a number of changes the new head teacher has brought in since starting in September.”