Les­son in be­hav­iour

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BARRY TOBER­MAN

A CHANGE in dis­ci­plinary pol­icy is pay­ing div­i­dends for the King Solomon High School in Red­bridge, Es­sex.

Fig­ures fi­nally ob­tained by the JC from the school un­der a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest — fol­low­ing a warn­ing on com­pli­ance from the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice — show a high num­ber of fixed-term ex­clu­sions in re­cent aca­demic years.

There were 176 sus­pen­sions in 2004/5, 174 i n 2005/6 and 177 i n 2006/7. A small num­ber of stu­dents were re­spon­si­ble for most of the sus­pen­sions. How­ever, num­bers have dropped rad­i­cally fol­low­ing a re­think by new head­teacher Spencer Lewis, who said that the use of “in­ter­nal ex­clu­sion” was prov­ing ef­fec­tive. To date, there have been only two sus­pen­sions this term.

“In­ter­nal ex­clu­sion in­volves work­ing in iso­la­tion in a room,” he said. “There are dif­fer­ent break-times, so the pupil can­not be with his or her friends. They also stay be­hind for an ex­tra half-hour.”

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