The school’s “toxic environment,” which “the toughest principal in Britain” calls children “detainees,” has been criticized by students and staff.
Hackney New School teachers in East London, directed by controversial head Barry Smith, are reportedly detaining 80 people daily.
Currently and four former staff members claim that this approach has a negative impact on children’s mental health.
ITV School students report that they are punished for not smiling and not walking properly.
Since the beginning of this year, more than 7,500 detentions have been reported-80 per day.
One day last year, more than 150 children (half of the school) were detained, the report said.
Teachers complain that the tactics are excessive and claim that minor violations encourage children to be behind after class.
Students also reportedly say they feel that a “toxic environment” has been created and oppressed.
Smith was hired last February as a consultant to tackle bad behavior at Dalston Secondary.
The school was taken over by the Community Schools Trust in 2019 after Ofsted’s report raised “behavior and safety concerns.”
However, Smith reportedly had a controversial reputation before enrolling in a school in London.
He was labeled the toughest head in the UK in 2017 while working at a school in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. There, parents complained about his “military-like policy” that children were warned that they might need a bucket of illness in their class.
According to a leaked email seen by ITV, Mr Smith called Hackney New School students “detainees.”
One staff member said, “We recommend that you scrutinize their facial expressions.
“If they aren’t laughing, we are encouraged to give them a’disadvantage’or detention.
“Quite often they are said to be lazy, and if they are shuffling with their feet, they can be given a disadvantage.”
Another teacher said he saw the children “sobbing” in brutal tactics.
An anonymous child told ITV News that a “toxic environment” was created.
The second said, “It’s rude if you don’t say good morning to your teacher. It’s oppressive.”
Simon Elliott of the Community Schools Trust said some of the languages used were “totally unacceptable.”
“We must emphasize to our parents that we have a very fair and rigorous system of behavior that helps our children achieve,” he added.
Britain’s toughest principal who calls students “detainees” and detains 80 people a day accused of “damaging mental health”
SourceBritain’s toughest principal who calls students “detainees” and detains 80 people a day accused of “damaging mental health”