If we trained doctors nearly as badly as we trained teachers we would all refuse to get a check-up.
The latest experiment is to get trainee teachers to undertake body language classes in order to deal with disruptive students:
Trainee teachers are to be coached to use their voices and body language to control disruptive pupils.
The Government’s school behaviour tsar is concerned that troublemakers scent weakness and start playing up when teachers lack an authoritative presence in the classroom.
Charlie Taylor, who advises ministers on tackling indiscipline, says that teachers’ voices often become high-pitched when they are tense and agitated, giving away their nerves.
Many also underestimate the importance of body language and posture and instead hunch their shoulders or fidget.