Dunce’s cap returns as a wristband in village school

The Express reports that a village school has been accused of bringing back the “dunce’s cap” by forcing children to wear coloured wristbands to show whether they have been well behaved or naughty.

The 300 pupils, aged seven to 11, at Brimington Junior School in Derbyshire are required to put on their band each morning before starting lessons as part of the “Learner’s Code”.

If they are naughty during the day they get a lower grade band, which can prevent them from going out to play.

If it happens three times, their parents are visited by teachers. The “low level disruption” can include “repeatedly sharpening pencils in class”, asking stupid questions, staring out the window and not doing homework.

Pupils can be rewarded with a higher grade blue band by saying “please” and “thank you”.

This band entitles them to join school teams but they have to sit on the floor in assembly. Those who reach “Learning Champion” get a yellow band.

They can then aim for “Going Further Learner” and an orange band. The top band is “Learning Ambassador”, which lets a pupil sit on a bench in assembly and play ping pong at playtime.

Some parents claim the system has made their children feel “worthless” as they cannot get a higher band despite trying really hard.

One mother Corina Nicholls said: “I’ve seen kids in tears over these. Using fear to get results is wrong.”

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  1. it is just an over elaborate version of what many schools do for their behaviour management. Usually this will involve names on the board that move up and down towards or away from the star at the top. I can’t see the value of over complicating an already effective system.

  2. RecGuru

    Making the thoughts of the teachers regarding behavior and performance of a single child visible to every child, adult and visitor is very ‘spotlighting’ to the child in question.
    It also opens the child to bullying from a peer group who are visibly labelled as ‘better’.
    Behaviour has to be handled in a school but this is the modern day equivalent of sticking a kid in the stocks for everyone to ridicule and point at as they see fit; especially if the child has difficulty attaining the top ‘colours’.

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