I wrote here about “school chain shaming” and the involvement of the TES website in sharing accusations about two MATs.
They began their contribution to the shaming campaign by finding a flimsy pretext to share the following uncorroborated accusation from John Tomsett’s blog:
In the blog, Mr Tomsett refers to “a MAT-endorsed behaviour ethos-setting exercise called ‘flattening the grass’ rolling assemblies”.
The blog goes on: “Allegedly, this involves the MAT executives visiting the school, en-masse, to stand around the edge of the assembly hall whilst the head of school outlines, in emphatic terms to year group after year group, the MAT’s expectations of students’ behaviour.
“Before the assemblies begin, individual students are identified for the head of school to single out in front of their peers until they cry.
“If the head of school is not emphatic enough, the MAT CEO walks forward, replaces the head of school and concludes…
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