Teacher introduces new rules where kids respond to whistling and have to smile
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A newly-appointed teacher has introduced a new set of rules for pupils at her school.
Natalie Teece, headteacher at John Ferneley College in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, has drafted the new instructions and sent them in an e-booklet before the school reopens in September.
Students at the school are now expected to 'always smile' and maintain eye contact with teachers when talking. There will also be whistle commands given by staff.
As well as the e-booklet, Teece sent three videos explaining the research and reasoning behind the guidelines.
This told students to enter the classroom in single file, always sit up straight, to thank the teacher as they leave the classroom after a lesson, and to 'never forget to say Sir or Miss'.
The 11-to-16-year-old pupils must also learn to respond to a series of whistle commands given by staff and are expected to 'always smile'.
Turning around even if they hear a noise is forbidden, as is walking in groups of more than two people and looking out of windows.
If a teacher says hello to a student, they must respond in an 'upbeat' manner, the rules say, and schoolchildren are also told they must wait to be told that they can pick up a pen or ruler.
According to the Mirror, one parent writing on a community Facebook page said the rules were 'absolutely horrendous', adding: "I do agree with the respect and some parts but a lot of this is like some sort of prison camp.
"The school needs to remember we are still going through a pandemic and the world is crazy right now."
Meanwhile, another wrote: "Just read the whistle bit – our children are not dogs."
A third said children "can't be forced to smile at all times", while one other commented: "Tell me you're turning children into robots without telling me you're turning children into robots. JFC will go first."
Despite this, some people are in favour of the strict guidelines, with one saying: "I think the main bulk of this is absolutely fine and these rules should be in every school; children don't have respect these days."
Another wrote: "Most of those rules apply in schools anyway, just look worse when they are put in writing."
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Responding to the backlash, Teece said she had received "overwhelming support" from the majority of parents.
She said: "Our priority here at JFC is student well-being.
"All of the amendments we are making to our policy are intended to help and support our already fantastic students and prepare them for later life.
The news comes after a furious mum blasted her daughter's school as they punished her for "showing too much ankle".
Lea Scott, whose daughter Paige Bradwell attends Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford, near Nottingham, says the school's uniform policy is unfair.
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