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Sin bin room is hailed a success; KINGSTANDING.

A SCHOOL sin bin for unruly pupils has been hailed a success. An exclusion room at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College, in Old Oscott Hill, Kingstanding, has been open for four months to cater for children who misbehave in lessons.

Headteacher Martin Jones said the initiative had halved the fixed-term exclusions since it was introduced.

"I am delighted to say it has been a great success, if such a thing can be called a success," he said. "Clearly we would rather not have to exclude any pupils whatsoever.

"We have seen a 50 per cent reduction in our fixed-term exclusions compared to the same period last term and very few pupils have had to be internally excluded on more than one occasion." Mr Jones said parents of excluded pupils supported the policy. He said: "They appreciate we are keeping their children in school and educating them rather than directing them to remain at home."

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DOING WELL... Headteacher Martin Jones says the policy has halved the number of exclusions at Cardinal Wiseman.
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Date:Mar 14, 2006
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