The Mirror is reporting that a girls school which has banned students using all slang has turned its fortunes around.
The once-struggling Harris Academy Upper Norwood has revitalised its reputation and been given top marks by Ofsted after banning all informal language deemed to be undesirable.
The school took a strict view on slang and as well as banning “coz” and “woz”, also barred pupils starting sentences with “basically” and ending them with “yeah”.
Now the all-girls school, in Croydon, south London, has received the highest Ofsted rating of Outstanding two years after taking the old-fashioned approach to language.
The 346-pupil academy, which teaches students aged 11-16, replaced the Westwood Girls’ College for Language which was placed in special measures in 2013.
Chiefs received criticism in their ban of “informal language” such as “bare” and “extra” in a perceived attempt to make their students more employable after leaving.
Students heard using slang including “ain’t” – a word that originated in the 18th century – were asked to “reflect” on its use.
Now the academy – which replaced the school which posted the worst GCSE results in Croydon in 2012 – is celebrating after being awarded the “outstanding” rating on July 16…
Of course, we don’t know if the slang ban had any direct impact on the Ofsted rating, and there was a fair amount of scepticism when ban story was first reported, but would you endorse the idea of doing this?
Are you at a school that consciously attempts to do the same? If so, let us know what impact you think it has and whether you would recommend others to do the same.
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