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Discussion in 'Education news' started by ridleyrumpus, Oct 22, 2018.
Seems like a stupid idea to me. it's almost unnatural for secondary-age children to observe very long periods of silence or "calm" - I would have thought a bit of chat in the gap between lessons was more beneficial for the next lesson than forcing them to keep quiet.
Obviously corridors need to be calm, with a sense of purpose when children move from one end of the school to the other.
I'm not sure that total silence is quite necessary though. It denies children the right to socialbility. I'm wondering whether a denial of the right to talk to your friends between lessons could contribute to mental health issues.
I'm also wondering how teachers manage their transition between lessons if they have to police silence in the corridors.
No doubt, if this school could get away with it, the kids would be made to wear brown shirts, and goose-step between each classroom.
What's the point of bringing in a rule which a) has a highly debatable impact on the learning and b) is totally unenforceable without every member of staff patrolling every inch of every corridor at every lesson change.
Making rules which staff struggle to enforce just undermines their efforts to enforce the important ones.
I know a school where the staff aren't allowed to talk to each other in corridors. Students are allowed to.
Tell the Guardian the name of the school, we need rid of these people.
"Students will leave school in silence following the conclusion of their last lesson."
From the letter to parents.
Yeah right. They really haven't thought this through have they?
It's the secret of this academy's success.
That, and students who won't comply moving to other schools.
So our response to young people who can not discuss and listen, is to ban them from discussing and listening. Does this mean they will not be allowed any social interaction for up to 7 hours apart from 20 minutes or so.
Adults just don't work like that, why do we impose such ridiculous rules on young people?
What will be the reward for adults who do not enforce this?
I would not send my children there. Making friends is an important life skill and these days many young people are spending less and less time having face to face conversations with people.
Sound like an idea from a management which has run out of ideas on how to prevent disruption in the classroom.
Its a bit late for an April Fools Day joke. The creative ones will learn some form of sign language and make a farce of the whole concept of pretending to be a silent Holy order.
My friend went to an English Grammar in the 50s and they had to be quiet in the corridors.
Surely all the students are silent anyway; aren't they all just looking at their phones as they walk from one class to another?
Over on edutwitter, the land of trads, they are vigorously defending and supporting this. Headteacher after headteacher weighing in to say why this is a good thing.
You might not worry too much, but what has happened is that MATs are only hiring traditional headteachers and so school after school are using:
Zero tolerance behaviour management
Hostile rhetoric 'pre-off-rolling'
Hidden 'selection' strategies
Non-hiring of experienced teachers (wanted: NQT or RQT)
High proportions of NQTS, UQTs and HLTAs
MAT wide PPT 'colours', text books, materials, etc.
Narrowing of curriculum to spend more time on EBACC
Ultra obsessive staff rules: no visible piercings, heel heights, skirt lengths
Top heavy salary structures with large amounts of well paid at the top (and above in MAT land) and large amounts of low paid at the bottom
Lower amounts of SEND and lower P8 pupils
Club membership of PiXL
Purchasing materials from companies owned by MAT sponsors and investors
It’s a recipe list that gets longer and longer. But as RSCs hand more and more schools to MATs controlled by trads so it will continue to grow.
A well-worn management strategy; impose an unworkable rule, and them blame teachers for being unable to enforce it.
I went to a convent school in the 70s where the expectation was that we walked in silence along the corridors and through the cloister. I don't remember it being regarded as particularly draconian or difficult but of course we did talk to each other if there were no adults around.
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Some good points made here in the letters published: