Lesson in behaviour
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.”