Anarchy rules if pupils don’t have a sense of belonging

This behaviour expert reflects on the sadness he felt when a group of school leavers used their last day to wreak havoc and express their unhappiness with his school

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It is around this time of the year when Year 11s get a real sense that the end of their time in school is in sight, and the last day itself tends to be a joyous occasion for all concerned.

But it is not always a happy time. Sixteen years ago, I was a Year 11 form tutor. Out of a year group of 210, we had a small, but influential, number of students who used that last day to make their displeasure with our school known and those last hours became something to endure rather than enjoy.

We had damage to property, water balloons, disrespect for staff and a few cars were spat on, among other ...

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