School criticised for physically restraining unruly pupils

School criticised for physically restraining unruly pupils

PUPILS who misbehave at a Dewsbury school are repeatedly being physically restrained by staff.

The claim about Chickenley Community Junior, Infant and Nursery, pictured, was made in an Ofsted report released on Wednesday.

It stated: “Immediate, urgent action is required to ensure children and staff are safe and the need for physical intervention is eradicated.”

Inspector Jonathan Brown added there are typically 13 serious incidents recorded per calendar month.

He wrote: “It is of concern that a very small number of pupils are being physically restrained repeatedly, for example three or four times in one month.

“This is having a negative impact on the learning of the individual pupils concerned...”

Children who see this happen are also affected, while incidents at lunch or play time leave youngsters distracted in class.

The recording of such events sometimes lacks detail to support the decision to restrain a child.

Also the follow-up work to show what is being done to prevent a recurrence is sometimes not described.

Support from a pupil referral unit has seen the number of serious incidents fall, but these “remain unacceptably high.”

Mr Brown found the school is not making enough progress towards exiting the special measures imposed in November last year.

He noted staffing problems, including a deputy head who left and has not been replaced, plus other vacancies.

There was also concern about a lack of leadership, leaving staff unclear as to who is in charge.

Mr Brown wrote: “The executive head teacher and head teacher work hard to manage the day-to-day staffing and behaviour issues they face.

“But the enormity of this task is diverting their attention from tackling other weaknesses.”

Head: Steps are being taken to improve the behaviour of pupils

HEADTEACHER Bronagh King insists steps are being taken to improve pupil behaviour at her school.

She said: “Behaviour and safety are taken extremely seriously and we have introduced a wide range of measures to address this issue.”

Action taken includes extra staff training, making pupils fully aware of what is expected, greater supervision and more external support.

Ofsted noted improvements in pupil progress in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and in teaching.

But overall, inspectors found not enough was being done to exit special measures.

Miss King said: “Ofsted’s report makes it clear that improvements have been made in certain areas.

“At the same time, we are absolutely committed to addressing all the issues that still require urgent attention.

“A number of new steps have already been taken which will be enhanced by new appointments to the school leadership.”

Miss King said action would be taken to further boost teaching and pupil achievement.

She added: “Everyone has the shared aims of achieving the progress we need and ensuring all of our children are helped to fulfil their potential.”

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