School bans pupils from talking in corridors with those caught being given a 20 minute detention

The Daily Mail is reporting that the silent corridors policy is being introduced at Ninestiles School, an academy in Birmingham, when children return from half term in November.

Ninestiles School, which educates 1,345 pupils aged 11-18 and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors, wrote to parents about the change last week.

The letter said: ‘All student movement including to and from assembly, at lesson changeover and towards communal areas at break and lunch will be carried out in silence. Students will leave school in silence following the conclusion of their last lesson.’

Despite the talking ban, the school says pupils will be able to ‘relax and socialise’ in allocated speaking areas.

The move has angered some parents. A father of one pupil said: ‘Why does the school want to teach children to be mute zombies? In workplaces people chat and speak to each other, why not at school? It’s a place of learning and exploring ideas, not a North Korean gulag or a monastery.’

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