Five questions every school needs to ask about isolation

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The debate about the use of isolation booths has become a lively one in recent days. Tes asked its behaviour columnist to take us through the issue.

In my experience, isolation is a commonly used practise in secondary schools – less so in primaries and special schools – but its use varies massively and, I’m willing to bet, its effectiveness varies massively, too.

For me, there are some questions that each school must regularly ask itself about its use of isolation.

What’s the point?

If a child can’t remain in a class because their presence is intolerably disruptive or unsafe, there should ...

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