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Banter should not be used in the classroom.

Banter should not be used in the classroom.

It has become commonplace in offices, overheard in pubs and irritatingly deployed by TV hosts, but according to one school leader there is one place “banter” should never be deployed - the classroom.

Defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as "the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks", banter has become a feature of modern day life.

But Keziah Featherstone, head of school at Q3 Academy Tipton in Birmingham, and lead member of think tank the Headteachers’ Roundtable, believes teachers should avoid using banter at all times.

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