Concern has been mounting that as the pandemic continues, the on-going restrictions and expectations might become too much for some students and that exclusions might climb as a result.
However, at a time when students may be struggling more than usual, the Department for Education appears to be taking a hard-line approach, with talk of “maintaining order and discipline” and strategies such as mobile phone bans and “quiet corridors” (DfE, 2021).
A key feature in ministers’ armoury is a £10m plan to establish new Behaviour Hubs (DfE, 2021).
It comes as education secretary Gavin Williamson has defended the use of exclusion, along with other traditional sanctions and has advocated a return to “good discipline” in a recent Telegraph article (2021). It is expected that new guidance on behaviour, discipline and exclusion will be issued later this year.
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