The City of Leeds secondary school has just become the first school in the country to teach all of its pupils English as if it were a foreign language. The headteacher has said that even the 15 per cent of pupils who were born in Britain need the classes because their language skills are so poor. The problem is even more acute for the rest of the children who come from 55 different countries and between them speak 50 different languages. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows the headmistress of the City of Leeds secondary school in her office. She tells a boy, "Write out 'I must not talk in class' in fifty languages."
A traditional punishment in schools is to get naughty pupils to 'do lines', which means that they have to write out the same sentence multiple times. The theory is that writing a sentence such as 'I must not use my mobile phone in class' one hundred times will teach them a lesson and change their behaviour. Some hopes!
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