Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anger at School's 'Zero Tolerance' Behaviour Policy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anger at School's 'Zero Tolerance' Behaviour Policy

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A 'ZERO tolerance' behaviour regime has been introduced at a failing school in a bid to turn it around - but not all parents are happy about it.

Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton, Salford, was taken under the wing of the United Learning academy trust after being put into special measures by Ofsted last year.

The secondary - known as the subject of the Educating Greater Manchester TV documentary series - was deemed 'inadequate' in all five inspection areas by the watchdog last year. Channel 4 bosses have confirmed that the second series of the programme, filmed during the tumultuous period when previous head Drew Povey was suspended in 2018, will not be aired in light of the Ofsted findings.

United Learning is overhauling the way the school is run, introducing a stricter approach to behaviour and attendance, plus a ban on mobile phones.

Leaders at United Learning say the changes are necessary if Harrop is to improve.

But some parents have criticised the trust's 'zero tolerance' policy, claiming that too many pupils are being given detentions or put in isolation.

The school's previous 'no exclusion' policy has been scrapped.

One parent, who asked not to be named, said: "It has a new zero tolerance approach but the punishments are completely disproportionate. Kids are getting sent out of lessons for not sitting up straight or shaking a pen.

"It's over the top and unreasonable.

"I'm all for behavioural policies but they're not following it at the minute.

"If a kid refuses to go into isolation they're automatically excluded.

"It's completely over the top."

Other parents have criticised the changes to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision.

Previously pupils with additional needs were taught in a separate class known as Creating Opportunities Growing Students (COGS) with one teacher and two teaching assistants. …

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