Putting pupils in isolation ‘drives poor behaviour’

Putting challenging pupils in isolation for extended periods at school can harm their mental health, the Centre for Mental Health (CMH) is warning, BBC is reporting.

The charity says the use of isolation rooms – and other restrictive interventions – can also “potentially drive even more challenging behaviour”.

There are no official figures on the numbers of children being put in isolation, but a BBC News investigation found that more than 200 pupils had spent at least five straight days in isolation areas in schools in England in 2017.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “Schools need to be safe and calm environments with effective behaviour management policies and approaches that meet the needs of all pupils.

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