Charles Clarke's Son Suspended for Swearing at School Official

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

THE SON of Education Secretary Charles Clarke has been suspended from school after swearing at a member of staff.

The teenager was excluded today from his school in Norwich after a fracas during a game of football.

A statement from Mr Clarke, who is MP for Norwich, said: "My son was excluded for one day as a result of of an incident where he swore at a member of the ground staff who confiscated his football.

"The matter is one for the school, which has acted properly following its own disciplinary procedures contacting my family. I have nothing further to say on the matter."

It came on the day that a survey which questioned teachers, parents, and education officials, suggested that a Government crackdown on pupil behaviour may be starting to have an effect. The survey, by Mr Clarke's own department, found that, of these groups, classroom teachers were the only group who believed pupils' behaviour improved during the year.

Parents, by contrast, thought their children's behaviour worsened during the year - 22 per cent said at the end that it was going downhill and 17 per cent said it was on the up - although the researchers said the difference was "not statistically significant". …