Let offenders lose marks, says policeman

9th March 2007 at 00:00
(Photograph) - Pupils should be marked down in citizenship exams if they misbehave outside school, according to a police force's antisocial behaviour co-ordinator.

Terry Crees, of Avon and Somerset police, said docking marks could be a more effective sanction than sending a letter home to parents. "A lot of children take citizenship exams, and if they come to the notice of the police and behave badly they could be marked down," he told The TES. "We would at least like to give schools the option of doing this."

But local headteachers were unconvinced. Adam Matthews, head of Bournville junior school in Weston-super-Mare, said: "Measures that punish students academically will most likely lead to more problems for those youngsters in future. Andy Russell, head at nearby Wyvern community school, agreed.

"Rewarding positive behaviour is more likely to have an impact," he said.

Photograph: David White

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