A number of children at a Poole academy were taken out of lessons for pencil case equipment infractions - including having a ruler 10cm too short.Predictably, there’s outrage, OUTRAGE!
Several parents contacted The Daily Echo to complain their children at Magna Academy, Poole, had been put into 'isolation' for not fully complying with the schools strict equipment list.
They said more than 40 children were thought to have been held away from their classmates in another room in silence, and released only when their parents brought in the correct piece of kit.Ah, so the lazy parents who refused to comply with the rules had their lives disrupted? Good! Who says schools can’t change behaviour?
Miranda Crumpler said she was astonished when her 12-year-old son was put in isolation for having a pencil case that was too short.
She said: "The academy says it wants to educate to a high standard, but how can pupils be educated when they are put in isolation like this? It is ridiculous."Is it, Mrs Crumpler? Is it really?
Mrs Crumpler said her son was warned by teachers, last week, that isolation was beckoning if he didn't get a 30cm pencil case and ruler by Monday.
"I wrote a note saying I would not have my son put into isolation, and that he had a 30cm ruler but it was folding - and it does not state in school policy that it couldn't be folding," she said.So….to sum up, you thought you’d get into a pissing contest with the school to try to get them to back down and lost? Ha ha ha ha!
Frankly, the thing holding most of these kids back isn’t obsessive school rules, but parents who, it would seem, never grew up properly themselves.
Richard Tutt is head of the academy, formally Ashdown Technology College, which has gone from being in special measures to an outstanding Ofsted rating in less than two years, and was described as "truly inspiring" by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year.
He said correct equipment "is vital for students" and "clear and specific requirements" were communicated to parents in July and again at the start of term last week.And learning when to ‘comply with clear and specific requirements’ even when you don’t personally agree with them are part and parcel of grown up life, if you expect to get a job.
If your parents aren’t teaching you that, then be thankful that your school seems prepared to do so.