Bully for Caning

I was caned for violent bullying I can remember some of the things said like it happened yesterday and not over thirty five years ago, others are blurry and I can not remember exactly how something was said just that is was, for instance I know I was told I had to accept I had […]

Boarding School Vs Day School Discipline

I wonder if there was also a view on the part of the person inflicting the punishment that by moving, standing up or whatever, the severity of the punishment had somehow been reduced, and the extra stokes were to compensate for this. I’ll have to pass on that one in favour of those who’ve been […]

Slippered, Tawsed, Caned & Spoilt for Choice

My how you English boys and girls were spoiled for choice, obviously your teachers were far too soft with you! Would you prefer the slipper or the cane, young man? Hands or bottom? Now or later? Hard or soft? Please tell me if it’s too sore and I’ll do it more gently, or I’ll stop […]

Six of the Best & Those who Received it

The maximum number of strokes of the cane a school pupil could receive was six strokes. In my school day it was known as ‘six of the best’. I was wondering how many of you actually received the full six and how it was given (all on the bottom, all six on one hand, three […]

Paddle Discipline The Science

I’m not an expert in human physiology. Probably someone from a university sports science department would be able to give a much more detailed explanation of the physiological processes involved during corporal punishment. But I am a mathematician, and I know something about the mechanics of moving bodies, so I’ll describe what happens with a […]

The School Slippering Experience

My thoughts on the issue of girls receiving corporal punishment in state schools, prior to abolition, always leaned towards an opinion that it hardly ever happened, if indeed, at all. I’m sure you can all appreciate my feelings when I tell yout that at every school I attended, from junior to secondary, girls were never […]

Notes on Corporal Punishment & Curious Punishments of Bygone Days

Dunce caps were a part of school disciplinary policies up until 50 years ago in the USA. It’s left a lasting impression. The school spanking sounds like a fetishists but one never knows? The wide range of opinions from a century ago is something that shows a lack of consensus to the role gender and […]

Corporal Punishment Over Used

Astonishingly, in this country anyone can advertise for pupils and establish a school, with only a cursory check from officialdom. They don’t even have to be trained as a teacher. The only people who are barred from teaching are those with a criminal record. They are named on a notorious list 99 at the Education […]

The Age of the Cane

THE VICTORIAN façade of my old primary school greatly impresses Clara, whose taste in architecture tends towards the turreted. “It’s very grand, Mum,” she says. “Like Malory Towers. Did you have tuck and play lacrosse?” “Not exactly,” I tell her. “We had sherbet dabs and toffee like they do in Enid Blyton, but we didn’t […]

Sparing The Rod

Caning was abolished 20 years ago. But do some teachers still wish it hadn’t been? Mark Gould reports Twenty years ago, after weeks of impassioned debate, warnings of total social breakdown and a hair’s-breadth vote, legislation banning corporal punishment in UK state schools became law. Debate raged over whether the change would necessitate slashing class sizes […]

Running wild, the idle pupils spoilt by their middle-class parents

MIDDLE-CLASS children are being turned into spoilt “little Buddhas” as a rising number of parents refuse to require that they do household chores, a teachers’ leader has warned. Too many pupils lack proper boundaries because over-indulgent mothers and fathers “wait on them hand and foot” and no longer ask them to help around the home, […]

‘If it was legal, I’d bring back cane’

THE controversial co-founder of one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools has said he would happily bring back corporal punishment if he were allowed. Writer and journalist Toby Young, who is chairman of governors of the West London Free School in Hammersmith, says that he was regularly beaten at school by his PE […]

Whipped and sentenced to hard labour for stealing books, rabbits and celery

Real-life Artful Dodger gang of Victorian child criminals are seen in newly-unearthed police mugshots Chilling evidence of Victorian child offenders — some of whom were as young as ten when they were jailed — have resurfaced. The Evidence, which originate from Wandsworth Prison in London, were recorded in December 1872 to January 1873 . Most […]

Spare the rod, pay the price

When I read of the goings on in some UK schools today; with pupil-on-teacher violence, savage bullying and a total disrespect for authority, it horrifies me. Sure in my day we may have transported the art master’s cycle from the bike sheds to the roof on one occasion, and sent an explicit Valentine’s card to […]

42% of Leave voters back return of caning post-Brexit

42 per of Leave voters back the return of corporal punishment but only 14 per cent of Remain voters want Britain to ‘bring back the birch’ after leaving EU Forty-two per cent of those who voted Leave in the Brexit referendum think Britain should bring back caning in schools after the country exits the EU. […]

I’d give school bullies a taste of their own medicine

As a mother whose youngest has just started secondary school, I’ll admit that I’m on the alert for stories of youngsters being targeted by gangs of older teenagers. But this week, two sickening incidents remind all of us, even if we don’t have children, of the horrors of bullying. Exhibit One: A viral video of […]

Punishment game marines avoid prison

FOUR senior marines have avoided jail for failing to stop junior ranks hitting each other’s backsides with a 2ft strap known as ‘Big Red’. Sergeants Richard Melia and Ian Spence and Corporals Robert Wake and John Arnett all pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to perform their public duty on October 28, 2014. Yesterday […]

Don’t lets destroy our society

  A GRUESOME whirlwind has been tragically reaped. The mindless and fearful consequences of decades of overindulgence of our youth, the crazed and misguided obsession with seeking to elevate their status almost to the level of an oppressed minority, and the craven acceptance of wilful and unacceptable behavior reached its inevitable peak with the shocking […]

Corporal punishment in Middle Ages reassessed by Leicester academic

  Beaten into them: Representations of chastisement of medieval students The savage history of beating, flogging and whipping schoolchildren for educational benefit has been studied by an academic. Dr Ben Parson, from the University of Leicester, has written a paper on corporal punishment in the Middle Ages and come to the conclusion that classroom beatings […]

The headmaster who beat me black and blue with a bamboo cane and why I’d like to thank him for it

    When I say that M.L. Forster loomed over me, it wasn’t too difficult. At 11 years old, I was the smallest boy in the school. Also the skinniest. And at that moment, by far the most frightened. M.L. Forster, headmaster, and frightener-in-chief, was over 6ft tall, more than 16st, a huge and powerful […]

The days of the slipper and ruler at Hellesdon Secondary Modern.

  The time has come for the mystery apple thrower at Hellesdon Secondary Modern School to step forward. Come clean, admit it was you, and the guilt which has hung over you like a cloud for more than 60 years will finally be lifted. Among all your stories about life at the school, now Hellesdon […]

‘Tickle Toby’ canings at Lancing College

Lancing College has produced many famous sons — and many of them were in the vintage sixth form of 1921. A leading light was Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh who wrote about his Lancing days in his autobiography, A Little Learning. He remembered especially trips with his parents to Brighton at half-term, and the lunches […]

Thrasher’s name can’t be beaten

    New Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell spent much of last week trying to live down his Rugby schooldays nickname of ‘Thrasher’. It won’t be easy. Fellow ex-pupils say that by the time Mitchell became head of house at Rugby in the Seventies, all the boarding houses had abolished beatings – except one, Tudor, where […]

Headmaster and Tory MP who championed the virtues of school discipline and the three Rs

Sir Rhodes Boyson, the former Conservative MP for Brent North, who has died aged 87, performed for his party a similar function to that of John Prescott in the Labour Party — reminding the grass roots that, however far its leadership deviated from the “True Path”, the party’s heart was still in the right place. […]

Teenager suffered humiliating attack

A man humiliated a Halloween prankster by pulling down his trousers and caning him — then handcuffing him to a washing line, a court heard. A lit firework was even placed between the buttocks of the 15-year-old but was taken away before it went off on October 31 last year. The incident led to a […]

The old boys get the cane at our prep school reunion

How we chattered happily away about the whackings, the liver every Tuesday and the school’s obsession with our bowels. The headmaster produced the cane used by the teachers on us in the olden days, and we passed it around with great ceremony[stock photo used in web version only, not in print edition] I used to […]

Pupil behaviour worse since abolition of caning, warn teachers

Corporal punishment should not be reintroduced but ministers have failed to suggest a deterrent as effective, conference hears Children’s behaviour has grown considerably worse since the abolition of corporal punishment 25 years ago, teachers have warned. Successive governments have failed to introduce an effective way to deal with misbehaviour since striking pupils with a cane […]

Headmaster only permitted to use a ‘thin flexible cane’

Six blows on the rump! Extraordinary records reveal how corporal punishment was meted out in our schools Youngsters were given smacks and slaps Items discovered by head as he tidied school basement Bad behaviour including biting ears and repeated acts of violence By Phil Vinter It may seem hard for youngsters of today to believe, […]

David Lammy: Ease smacking rules after riots

Legislation surrounding the smacking of children needs to be relaxed so working-class parents can instil discipline in their homes without fearing prosecution, according to a senior Labour politician. MP for Tottenham David Lammy claimed Labour’s 2004 decision to tighten up the smacking law was partly to blame for last summer’s riots, which erupted in his […]

Survey reveals support for caning unruly pupils

Half of parents and 19% of pupils think corporal punishment should be brought back Almost half of parents and nearly a fifth of children believe caning should be brought back to the classroom in cases of very bad behaviour, a survey suggests. The survey, commissioned by the Times Educational Supplement (TES), reveals that the majority […]

Registrar offered fake degrees for spanking

A UNIVERSITY registrar offered forged degrees to two women in exchange for spanking sessions, a court heard yesterday. Karl Woodgett, who filmed himself caning the women at a hotel, ‘broke the trust’ of his employers, said judge David Ticehurst. The 37-year-old, who worked at the University of Bath at the time, offered Cameroonians Elsie Neh […]

Smacking ‘makes your child more successful’

CHILDREN who are smacked by their parents may grow up to be happier and more successful than those spared physical discipline, research suggests. A study found that children smacked until the age of six did better at school and were more optimistic than those never hit by their parents. They were also more likely to […]

Banning the cane started the slide in pupil discipline, parents believe

BEHAVIOUR among schoolchildren has got worse since the cane was abolished, according to parents. Government research showed some mothers and fathers believed corporal punishment was an “effective method of control” when they were at school. They said the decision to outlaw corporal punishment had contributed to a decline in discipline. The comments — in a […]

Sex discrimination laws prevented ban on the belt for girls, reveal archives

EARLY moves to ban teachers from giving girls the belt at school were thwarted by sex discrimination laws, newly released government papers reveal. National Archives of Scotland documents also show Scottish education officials feared a move to ban the belt altogether would be met with “violent opposition” from teachers. The documents, dating from the late […]

I was thrashed at school with the dreaded Lochgelly Tawse, says Brown

HE MAY have been such a diligent pupil at school that he went to university at 16 and has barely eased up on his work rate since. But Gordon Brown was not always so well-behaved. For now, 41 years after he left school, the Prime Minister has revealed that he was subjected to the belt […]

A ‘fifth of teachers back caning’

One in five teachers would like to see the cane brought back in schools for “extreme cases”, a survey suggests. The deterioration of class behaviour was the main reason given for backing the return of corporal punishment. The Times Educational Supplement poll of 6,162 UK teachers found more support for the cane in secondary schools. […]

Whacks got a Caning

THERE’S a daily newspaper feature in which readers send in questions, answers to be supplied by other readers. Somebody wrote asking what became of Eric Wildman and his society for the Retention of Corporal Punishment in Schools. Good heavens! I went to school with him in the 1930s. We used to make him mad by […]

Smacking loophole’ to be Closed

The government is planning to close a legal loophole which allows staff at a private Christian academy to smack their pupils. The Tyndale Academy in east London avoids the ban on corporal punishment in schools by falling outside the legal definition of a private school. Ministers want to change the law to bring this academy into line. […]

Parents who smack children ‘without meaning to hurt them’ should not be punished, say sentencing chiefs

By Steve Doughty Senior judges are expected to demand leniency for parents brought to court for smacking children too hard. If they do not intend to cause physical harm, they should be given only light penalties and should not be jailed, advice for the courts is likely to say today. The recommendations will make Labour’s […]

Bouncers could teach schools discipline

By Lynette Burrows In the light of yesterday’s revelation that in some schools as many as one pupil in 20 has been suspended for assaulting staff, it is interesting to speculate what would happen if bouncers in clubs, discos and pubs were subject to the same restrictions as teachers when trying to enforce good behaviour […]