Ofsted criticises school for locking pupils in classrooms

Pupils at a special school were locked inside classrooms by teachers to stop them running away from lessons, according to a report by Ofsted. This is from the Guardian…

Inspectors said Woodlands School in Nottingham did not adequately safeguard pupils, because some classroom doors were “locked inappropriately” when the children were inside to stop them escaping.

The school, which has 56 pupils aged three-16, was put into special measures after an inspection last month. Inspectors said the practice had been condoned by management and had not been picked up by the governing body or the executive head.

They added that at times the staff’s responses to low-level disruptive behaviour was “unsuitable” and that the school’s capacity to improve further was “uncertain” because some senior staff did not understand positive behaviour approaches well enough or demonstrate high enough expectations of pupils’ progress.

Executive headteacher John Dyson was reported as saying that staff remained in the room when the doors were locked, and that the children were not in danger. He said locks on internal doors had since been removed at the school and that such mistakes were “not endemic”.

A statement from the school said there was “no inadequate teaching” and that four out of five lessons were graded good or better.

It added: “The inspection report contains many contradictions which in themselves illustrate the difficult decision that inspectors had in making their final judgment.”

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  1. maxinenelson76

    SchoolsImprove Where do they stand on teachers who had to lock themselves in at break and lunch for their own security? I’ve been there.

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