MPs demand answers from Outwood Grange about ‘flattening the grass’

Two MPs have written to Outwood Grange multi-academy trust about “incredibly concerning” suggestions that it pursued a controversial behaviour policy known as “flattening the grass” to make pupils cry.

The MPs said that if these allegations were correct, it would “raise serious ethical questions”.

The controversy started when prominent headteacher John Tomsett, who leads Huntingdon School in York, wrote a blog about behaviour management.

In the blog, Mr Tomsett referred to an anonymous MAT using a behaviour policy called “flattening the grass”, which involved MAT executives visiting the school “en masse”, standing around the edge of the room during assemblies, and singling out pupils “in front of their peers until they cry”.

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