The Mirror is reporting that a schoolgirl has been taken out of school after being left ‘distraught’ – by being told to scrub the pavement as punishment.
Charmaine Gray was ordered to carry out the work by teachers after being disruptive in lessons.
But her furious mother, Johanne Elsworth, has reacted by withdrawing her daughter and she is now looking for another school.
She said: “This is not appropriate at all and is nothing short of Dickensian…
“She is not an angel by any means and I’m fine with her being punished but not like this….”
According to the behaviour policy of St Peter’s Primary School in Darwen, Lancashire, ‘Red Cards’ are given to pupils who continue to be disruptive after a verbal warning and two ‘Yellow Cards’.
If a pupil is given one ‘Red Card’ in a term they miss a day of playtime, with the number of playtimes being missed increasing with each ‘Red Card’ up to five when they are then sent to the headteacher.
No mention of further punishments is made in the document, which is published on the school’s website…
She has now contacted Blackburn with Darwen Council to see if there are any places at another school in the town for 11-year-old Charmaine…
Headteacher Victoria Weddle and Blackburn with Darwen Council have declined to comment on the matter.
But parents picking up their children said they were supportive of the school’s stance.
Was this punishment a step too far or, as the full article suggests, is it essentially the kind of thing the latest DfE guidance has in mind?
Let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…
Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin every morning (around 7 am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link