My DD is well behaved at school and has had no other problems up until now. The teacher they have is well known for being harsh. If any child misbehaves, talks or does not do their reading book the night before they are all kept in at playtime. This has happened every day since they started this system last week. My DD has gone from a child who loves school to one crying and finding every excuse not to go. It has lead to the "guilty" children being called names.
Thanks that is another problem we cannot see the head. We have to go through a hierarchy of teacher, phase leader, senior teacher, deputy head and then eventually head. This head started 2 years ago and is hardly ever seen only at christmas plays or concerts when she puts on a show for the parents.
I don't always think that having a "strict" teacher is a bad thing, but this does sound overboard.
Personally, I would see the head directly regarding this and just repeat everything you have posted above. I would normally advocate speaking to the teacher in the first instance, but I doubt very much that the teacher would change their style if you went in and chatted to them about it. Also as it is impacting on the whole class in such a negative way, the head needs to be aware asap.
I do hope the teacher mellows soon or the head steps in with some guiding words, and that your DD begins loving school again.
Yes the governors are after the head if you are not happy. My other DD had no regular teacher in reception after the first half term and had a different supply teacher every day for the rest of the year. The head refused to speak to us about it. Three children were taken out of the school as a result. Apart from that and this issue now I am otherwise happy with the school.