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Sin-bin tag's cost to our pupils

For the past three years this school has developed an in-school exclusion centre and, far from being a "sin bin" as described in the headline (TES, October 2), we have sought to adopt a positive approach to working with often difficult, disaffected and disruptive pupils.

Many of the pupils referred to the centres have already had a lifetime of being branded failures, and negative headlines such as this, do little but give the impression of a containment facility - but at what cost and to whom?

Wendy Thornett Deputy head Long Eaton Community School Long Eaton, Nottingham

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