Teachers to be given tougher powers
Teachers are to be handed tougher powers to deal with disruptive pupils, the Government will announce as part of a bid to improve school discipline.
Courts will be told to heed clearer guidance that physical force can be used to remove youngsters from classrooms or restrain troublemakers.
Search powers are also to be beefed up to allow youngsters to be checked for mobile phones, fireworks, cigarettes and legal highs as well as weapons and drugs.
And teachers will also be granted anonymity if complaints are made about them in a bid to prevent careers being ruined by "malicious" claims.
The raft of measures will be unveiled on Wednesday by Schools Minister Nick Gibb in an effort to give schools "the powers and freedoms they need to maintain discipline".
Official figures show 2,230 pupils were permanently excluded last year for physical assaults on teachers or fellow pupils and tens of thousands more suspended.
One in five secondary schools is rated "satisfactory" or worse by Ofsted for behaviour and two in five teachers have witnessed physical aggression - a quarter of them being the victims of it.
Mr Gibb will announce plans to issue "much shorter, clearer guidance which explicitly states that teachers can physically remove disruptive children from class and prevent them from leaving a room in situations where this is necessary to maintain discipline".
Prosecutors, judges and anyone handling complaints about teachers will be "made aware that teachers can apply discipline in the classroom for the safety of all the pupils in the classroom and in the interests of maintaining order", the Department for Education said.
Under present search powers, headteachers and other authorised staff can only force pupils to be searched if they suspect them of carrying knives or other weapons, drugs or alcohol. Mr Gibb wants to extend the list to include electronic devices such as mobile phones and music players, pornography, fireworks, tobacco products and so-called "legal highs".