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    Educational Psychologists support #BanTheBooths

    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…

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    Ban The Booths News!

    Our campaign is strong and growing stronger. Our recent parent blogs were extremely popular on social media, there have been questions posed in Select Committees about the use of Isolation and the extreme practices in some schools have hit the national press. Nobody should be able to put a child in 'boothed confinement' and call it 'inclusion'.

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    A Matter of Rights and Wrongs #BanTheBooths

    Pindown had been a management regime for ‘cracking down’ on children’s wilful or defiant behaviour in their care homes, ranging from forcing children to dress in pyjamas and slippers at all times to deter them running away, to prolonged periods of being kept in isolation and detention. Pindown had become normalised among staff in the homes that deployed it over many years

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    Myth-busting Monday

    BanTheBooths is growing in support but we are a small group of volunteers in the early stages of an exciting campaign.  To give some context we have been formed for just over two weeks. Our Parliamentary Petition went live a week ago. Yet we have already gathered support from MPs, have had Headteachers rip out their booths overnight and have been featured in national TV and press. At the highest level of decision making BanTheBooths has entered the conversation. At the DFE, Ofsted and in Parliament. Our campaign is polite, respectful and well mannered. We are a credible, experienced and utterly determined bunch of  Teachers, Parents, Advisors, Headteachers, Governors, Educational Psychologists, Professors…

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    Booths and SEND, forced compliance v sensory processing

    It was during a job interview – I had done my research beforehand and it was a role I was really keen to do. Things started well; I talked to some enthusiastic pupils and delivered an assembly on Mental Health. Then we came to the tour and three quarters of the way through I was taken to a room at the far end of the school. “This is our isolation room. This is where pupils come when they refuse to follow our school rules. They stay in here for the whole day, including break and lunch times.” This week’s blog is from Callum Wetherill, Teacher, Pastoral Leader and SLE All…

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    Why we should #BanTheBooths by Wayne Beech

    Let me set the scene: It is half past one, I am sat in my office and while the rest of the school settle into their learning for the afternoon, the verbal barbs of “let me out, this is child abuse, you’re not my dad!” echo into the otherwise tranquil corridor. This week’s BanTheBooths blog is from Wayne Beech, Deputy Headteacher of a Primary School serving an area of high deprivation.  His day has not been a productive one, with the Christmas season in full swing, the onslaught of Nativity practices, Christmas Fairs and regular interruptions to the timetable, his ability to cope with the school day has diminished. As…

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    Support #BanTheBooths campaign – Simon Kidwell, Headteacher

      I have spent twenty-five years teaching and leading schools across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire. I have led a school with a resource base for children with statements for behaviour, I have led a school out of an OFSTED Category, and I have worked as Local Authority Improvement Advisor with a number of schools that require improvement. In my experience, the vast majority of children who display the most challenging behaviour have a significant challenge establishing a sense of belonging. This can be a result of a difficult start to life, communication and learning difficulties, a chaotic home life, or from being excluded from school. There are two routes to…