08:00 Wednesday 08 January 2014

Teachers call time on disruption in lessons

Written byROB SMYTH

BOSSES at a secondary school have come up with a new method designed to deal with disruptive pupils.

Teachers at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, will now be able to remove unruly youngsters to a new facility, dubbed ‘The Gateway’, in a bid to try and halt a rise in lesson disruption.

The scheme will not only see the pupil removed from lessons but also, in particularly bad cases, they will kept behind at school.

Acting head teacher Viv Sharples said: “An important priority for us this term is behaviour for learning.

“We must ensure that lessons are not disrupted by students who are off task.

“We have set up a new facility in school, ‘The Gateway’, which aims to equip students who are struggling to access their learning with the skills to do so.

“Parents will be informed if their child is to benefit from this facility.

“Any pupils disrupting a lesson and having to be moved within the department will be set a detention until 3.45pm on the same day.

“A pupil who has to be removed from the department because of persistent disruption will be kept until 4.30pm on the same day.

“Parents will receive a call from school if we wish to detain their child to check that it is convenient with them.

“We hope that this measure will make a difference to the learning of your child and that of every child in the school.”

The school is also continuing its bid to boost pupil punctuality.

Mrs Sharples added: “The school bell goes at 8.25am and we give students two minutes grace before locking the gate at 8.27am. This ensures all students are in their form rooms by 8.30am.”

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