Schools urged to crack down on classroom misbehaviour

Schools in England are suffering from a culture of "casual acceptance" of classroom misbehaviour, the Ofsted chief inspector has warned.

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Ofsted chief to tackle 'culture of bad behaviour'

The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, visits students at St Paul's Way Trust School in Bow, east London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw will today call on leaders in schools who are failing to deal with naughty behaviour to create a "calm and respectful culture essential for learning".

In a speech he is due to give in London, Wilshaw believes lessons should not be undermined by "background chatter, inattention and horseplay".

As part of his annual Ofsted report, Sir Michael will warn that there are "stark inequities" across England, with a child's chances of being taught at a good school far too dependent on where they live.

He will add that the "battle against mediocrity" is gradually being won, but that England is still a nation divided into "lucky and unlucky children".

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