5 Bits of Advice About: Detentions
- Detentions work for changing pupil behaviour in the vast majority of cases. But they are only effective if you commit long term to following them up again and again and again.
- A 15 minute after school “chat” very rarely stops misbehaviour re-occurring. 15 minutes is hardly even an inconvenience for a child, some even enjoy it.
- Set detentions for an hour and make certain they do the full hour. At the time of issuing the detention remind them missing it will mean additional time.
- Detentions work best in silence (“quiet reflection time”), so do not engage with them during the hour. Make it clear that phone out or talking means doing the detention again.
- The next lesson after the detention they might behave even worse. (They “bounce back”) It’s a test, put them in detention again.