Corridors: Silence isn’t necessarily golden

As part of zero-tolerance behaviour approaches, some schools have adopted silent corridors. But we need to take a deeper, more holistic look at behaviour management, says Rose Webb

Silent corridors: for many education professionals those two words will elicit emphatic agreement or profound disagreement. It is a debate that resurfaces now and again and never fails to trigger strong emotions.

It is an issue that demands we take a side but the debate it triggers, like so many these days, can leave little room for a more careful, nuanced deliberation of the behaviour issues that the approach seeks to address.

At one of these schools, the leadership team focused on the cohort causing the biggest concerns. They identified that what was needed was proper provision for those young people who were causing most concern.

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