What You Sow…February 1, 2013
I’m sure this is just a coincidence, and in no way a matter of cause and effect.
Here we have a description of behaviour from a Northampton School for Boys student which got a lot of media coverage:
And here we have what I wrote about the headteacher not so long ago:
A prominent headteacher … disapproves of using detentions as punishment rather than relationship building.
Detentions are not terribly useful. People tend to try and find a more creative way of dealing with issues, because to get good discipline you need to work with youngsters and get their co-operation. Simply penalising and depriving them of time and so on isn’t always helpful. The only time when I think it can be useful is when that time is used by the teacher to constructively work with that individual child, in a way that they don’t normally have time to, to actually rebuild the relationship. Personally, I am completely against the notion of what I think in some schools is called faculty detention, where somebody else runs it. As far as I can see, the only reason for keeping a youngster behind is to enable me, as the teacher, to improve relationships with that youngster, but that’s unlikely to occur if the youngster perceives the detention as being a period of almost imprisonment.