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What Makes a Good Detention?

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Summary

Find out what teachers and students have to say about school detentions, should they become a positive experience or remain a punishment?

For some, detentions are a form of punishment, meant to be as boring as possible so that the student doesn't re-offend.

For others, it's an opportunity to talk to the student on an individual basis, to find out what happened and avoid the same offence again.

Marianne Stuart is an assistant principal at Bonus Pastor Catholic College in south east London and is responsible for behaviour.

Alongside pupils from Years 7 and 11, and teachers from other schools, Marianne considers when whole-class detention might be appropriate, the use of centralised detention and what could happen if teachers decided not to use detention at all.

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