Misbehaving school pupils should be made to do lines, write essays, run around a playing field or pick up litter, according to guidance issued by the Department for Education last week. It prompted athlete Brendan Foster to complain the education secretary was "demonising" running.
Helen Anthony, headteacher, Fortismere school in London
When I was a child, my school did make you do lines and litter picking, but neither of these sanctions work because, actually, they're quite enjoyable. Sitting in silence doing nothing in detention is one of the worst sanctions. It's really boring. Even worse is being in isolation: for teenagers, their social time is very important.
Rachel Orr, headteacher, Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE primary school in Stockton-on-Tees
I went to school in the days when the cane was around. I never got it, but I was smacked twice when I was six or seven. I don't know how much the fear of the cane affected me. It was just accepted that if you did something really bad then that was what would happen. But it wasn't necessarily the fear of consequences that stopped you from misbehaving, it was your family background and the values you'd been raised with.
Tim Browse, headteacher, Hillcrest primary school in Bristol
As a head, it always surprises me when teachers tell me how terrified students are of being sent to see me. When giving out sanctions, you have to think about what you're trying to achieve. Some children recently hadn't done their best in a piece of writing. I said to them: I'm not going to make you, but I am giving you the opportunity to show us you can do something better. Two out of five gave up their lunchtime to improve their writing, which meant the teacher had something positive to celebrate.
Sarah O'Boyle, headteacher, Galton Valley primary school in Sandwell
Children don't like it when you take away the things they enjoy – like playtime or a privilege. The problem with giving lines or writing as a sanction is that you're linking classwork with punishment and turning them off studying. If you're giving a sanction, you need to ask: what has prompted the child to misbehave? And then: what is the most suitable consequence for that child? Sometimes misbehaviour is a safeguarding issue – it might be that there are other things going on.
Paul Dix, director of Pivotal Education, which trains teachers in behaviour management
Great behaviour is about building relationships with young people, not putting them down or humiliating them. There are lots of sanctions that schools use – from sitting down and talking to children about what's going on, to separating them from others in their class. I'm chair of a trust in London that has four pupil referral units beneath it, working with the toughest kids in the city. The idea that if you made those children run round a field then they'd suddenly make different decisions is laughable.
Beverley Johnstone, English teacher, Tunbridge Wells girls' grammar in Kent
I was very well behaved at school and so don't remember any awful childhood punishments. There was a boy in my class who was sent home for the day after drinking half a bottle of ink. We all believed that he'd done it on purpose to bunk off school. The problem with punishments is that what might be horrible for one student may be quite pleasant for another. For most, a Saturday detention is a good deterrent because they'll find their social life has been put on hold.
Наклонился и осмотрел пальцы левой руки. Лейтенант следил за его взглядом. - Ужасное уродство, правда. Но не искалеченная рука привлекла внимание Беккера.
Он увидел кое-что другое.