The BanTheBooths Campaign is proud to support the Association of Educational Psychologists (which is the Trade Union and Professional Association for EPs across the UK) in their motion at the TUC Conference. We are grateful for their collaboration. Their expertise and experience is invaluable to the campaign.
The Office of the Childrens’ Commissioner has also been talking to the campaign and Paul has been to Westminster to meet with them. There is growing discomfort about extreme use of isolation, restrictive punishment and isolation booths. When they surveyed children (and not just those who frequent such spaces) it was one of their greatest concerns.
We now have support from a number of MPs including Emma Hardy MP, Dr Paul Williams MP, Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, Alex Sobel MP and Fabian Hamilton, MP and Shadow Minister for Peace. When the dust settles after the General Election this Autumn we will be inviting all our supporters to meet and discuss more inclusive behaviour practice in schools. The live event ‘Lose The Booths’ will take place in January 2020. We will share fantastic work from a huge range of schools Primary, Secondary, Special from many contexts who have moved away from booths and isolation with exceptional behaviour and outstanding outcomes for pupils.
There have been some excellent articles on Isolation Booths recently that are worth a look. This piece I contributed to from Vice is particularly good
I have created a list of all the press and media coverage on www.BanTheBooths.co.uk/press
Thank you for your continued support. As you can see from a recent tweet there is another way and there is a lot of support out there for it:
Nurture isn’t a room, restorative isn’t just a set of questions, kindness isn’t weakness and exclusion isn’t a behaviour strategy
— Paul Dix (@pauldixtweets) September 6, 2019
Best wishes for the new term