Do detentions work?

Teaching it Real


There has been much talk this weekend about detentions; much of it revolving around an advert from a well known free school who are looking for a “director of detentions”. One interesting strand from these debates has been this one started by Paul Garvey (@PaulGarvey4) who claimed – repeatedly – that detentions “do not work”. I was surprised to see him say this as his mantra, when discussing teaching methods, tends to be “No right way” and that “Different things work in different contexts”- I find much the same applies with behaviour management strategies.

His argument seems to boil down to this point:

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