Action carried report task updating
5 The behaviour of pupils in a school is influenced by almost every aspect of the way in which it is run and how it relates to the community it serves.It is the combination of all these factors which give a school its character and identity.They are an integral and immensely important part of society for which we all have a responsibility at some time in our lives.We hope that its publication will lead to a practical recognition of this; to a shared and general sense of commitment to our children's education; and to a realisation of the great potential latent in our schools.Our broad objective was to make recommendations that would help all those who are responsible for schools and their pupils to create the orderly conditions in which pupils can learn.7 We believe that, if the full range of our proposals is adopted, it will produce a general improvement in the behaviour of pupils, and that this will improve both the quality of their education and the job satisfaction of those who teach them.We visited institutions here and abroad, had discussions with expert witnesses, received written submissions from numerous organisations and individuals, and commissioned the largest structured survey concentrating on teachers' perceptions of the problem ever carried out in Britain.
If our report does nothing else it should demonstrate that our schools do not operate in isolation.
It is not enough to avert a lapse when it is imminent, or to rely on putting things right afterwards.
The aim must be to create a school community in which pupils do not begin to consider behaving in such a way.
We have included them in order to present a picture that is complete for those unfamiliar with our subject.
This is important as we believe that some of them may have prejudices firmly based on incomplete knowledge.
They are part of a range of proposals which, if taken together, can have a profoundly beneficial effect on conditions in our most difficult schools.