Hailed by some as a hero and vilified by many, Mike Stuchberry made the headlines after banning the word, ‘banter’ from his classroom because he believed it was ‘a catch-all term for any sort of off colour or inappropriate behaviour.’
The Australian teacher has agreed with his employers to leave his position at a Great Yarmouth school stating in his blog: ‘I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I could have brought down Ofsted on the school (they’d been there the previous week) and that the kids might think I thought they were poorly behaved – that might be why I was getting the reception I was getting.’
He had originally explained his ban on banter in his Times Literary Supplement blog:’“It’s just banter” makes it seem as if the problem rests with the person who has suffered the insult.
‘The kid on the receiving end is further marginalised because they don’t get it; they’re not part of the joke.’
Mr Stuchberry who teaches English and History spoke of the reaction h received after writing about his decision: ‘I was astonished at the strength of emotion in the comments of those that opposed my decision – I was humourless, a Leftist, a proponent of the Nanny State, a psychopath, I should not be allowed in a classroom with children.’