Heads will be forced to list children as young as five on school 'hate registers' over everyday playground insults.Oh, wow. Just wow!
Even minor incidents must be recorded as examples of serious bullying and details kept on a database until the pupil leaves secondary school.
I mean, I thought Ed Balls couldn't possibly do anything worse for schools than he'd already done so far, and then he comes up with this!
Teachers are to be told that even if a primary school child uses homophobic or racist words without knowing their meaning, simply teaching them such words are hurtful and inappropriate is not enough.You really think they'd want to avoid using the word 'bullying' or see it in any media reports after the last few weeks, wouldn't you? So why announce this now?
Instead the incident has to be recorded and his or her behaviour monitored for future signs of 'hate' bullying.
Ah. Right. They didn't:
The scale of the effort to stop children using homophobic or racist language was revealed after the parents of a ten-year-old primary school pupil in Somerset, Peter Drury, were told that his name would be put on a register and his behaviour monitored while he remained at school.Balls is determined not to carry the can for this one, sending his Mini-Me out to take the flack instead:
The boy was reported after he called a friend 'gay boy'. His parents fear the record of homophobic bullying will count against him throughout his school career and even into adulthood.
Schools Minister Vernon Coaker said: 'The majority of schools already record incidents of bullying.But it's OK, kids, don't worry. Once you have grown up - especially if you are the right identity group - you can say what you like without fear of censure.
'However, we want to make sure that all schools have measures in place to prevent and tackle bullying and show they are taking it seriously.'
The government is confident in its ability to tackle five year old. Adults, not so much...