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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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    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…