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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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    Make Booths history: Adam, Ben and Carla’s story

    Former pupils who come back to visit bring stories of isolation booths being used for trivial and bizarre reasons: the wrong colour shoes earned one girl a day of isolation; a boy who shaved his head for charity would have been isolated until the hair grew back, except that his mother chose to keep him at home instead; and then there was the boy in year 10 placed in isolation and, to his distress and his mother’s fury, consequently excluded from Maths and English classes, because of failure to do his Spanish homework.  Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child quite simply states that the…

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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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    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…