I don’t believe it!


The latest things to be banned in schools include………

A school in Australia has banned children from doing cartwheels and handstands because the practice is “too dangerous”.

Parents at Bunbury Primary School say they are bewildered children aren’t allowed to engage in the practice on school grounds.

“My granddaughter told me last night going home and I think it’s absolutely ludicrous,” one parent said.

“I don’t know where it has come from, but that’s what they do and they’ve been doing it for years and I don’t know what the problem is with it,” another added.

“This is not about stopping kids from taking risks and having fun – but attempting things like flips or handstands on bitumen and sloping grassed areas without learning how to do it properly is never a good idea,” school principal Shane Dougherty told Seven News.

But parents say the ban has gone too far.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” a parent said.

“What happened to kids being kids and being allowed to play?”

 

Back in the UK, parents are doing cartwheels themselves in protest over some schools banning oversized hair clips known as ‘JoJo bows’ – with one mum accusing teachers of treating them ‘like guns’.

The huge, brightly coloured accessories have become the latest trend among young girls since they have been worn by JoJo Siwa, 13, who appears in hit US show Dance Moms and is a YouTube and reality TV star.

But a number of school heads have barred pupils from sporting the bows saying the brightly coloured hair accessories are a distraction.

One mother told Manchester Evening News : “I really can’t see any problem with the JoJo bows. “They make out like it’s a gun or something really bad, but come on, they’re only hair clips.”

She said that due to the measures imposed by schools their daughters would now only be able to wear their beloved JoJos at weekends and for parties.

Chris Ashley, headteacher of Fairfield Community Primary in Bury, Greater Manchester, has banned the bows from classrooms.

He said: “Our attitude is quite traditional and we allow things like this until it becomes a problem. We’re very strong on having a school uniform and there are reasons for that. It gives a signal to the children that they are part of the school family.”

What is the latest craze to be banned in schools?

Fidget Spinners are marketed as a stress-reliever to help children with learning difficulties concentrate in class.

But fidget spinners have instead become such a classroom distraction that the handheld toys are being banned across schools in the UK.

So what’s the problem with fidget spinners?

One headteacher shared a letter from a Year 7 pupil complaining that lessons are being disrupted.

“They are the latest craze and roughly seven people bring them into my lessons and share spares with other people,” the unnamed girl wrote to Chris Hildrew, head of Churchill Academy in Somerset.

“When you are trying to focus on your work, all you can hear is it spinning round and round. If someone around you has one you kind of get attracted to it because they are trying to do tricks and everyone else is looking at it. This means that I am not doing my hardest on my work so I get less done.

“To sum up, I think they should be banned in lessons.”

Mike Hodgkiss

Mike Hodgkiss has 36 years teaching experience in the secondary sector, twenty years as a deputy head in an 11-18 comprehensive school in Essex. He was a governor of a primary school for several years. He has led and coordinated training for staff in many aspects of teaching, learning and leadership not just in this country but in Europe too. He has written for EuroSchoolNet on international and citizenship projects and for ASCL's leadership magazine. He is currently editor of @Teachtalks.

Please fill out the form below.