A SECONDARY school in London is banning pupils from using slang words in the classroom.
Ark All Saints Academy has produced a list of words and phrases that should not be used, including “bare”, “that’s long” and “oh my days”.
Pupils are also being discouraged from using fillers at the beginning of their sentences and instead to adopt language that is more suited to formal situations.
That means “errmmm”, “like” and “basically” are all out. Lucy Frame, the principal at the school, said the language isn’t banned when pupils are chatting socially, adding: “This list is used in some formal learning settings to help students understand the importance of expressing themselves clearly and accurately.”
The move has drawn criticism from linguists (language experts), who say it’s unfair. What do you think?