Speaking Out: Reviewing School Suspension Policy (Hardback)
  • Speaking Out: Reviewing School Suspension Policy (Hardback)

Speaking Out: Reviewing School Suspension Policy (Hardback)

Hardback 164 Pages / Published: 28/02/2018
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This book considers the issue of school suspension and expulsion. In doing so, it examines the factors contributing to a suspension or expulsion, and uses literature and narrative interview data from a range of participants, including staff and students, to elicit some responses from those involved in this process.

The methodology which underpins this project is biographical narrative data obtained from the use of interviews. The rationale of this is that as an educational piece of literature, the use of pupil consultation is heralded as a positive vehicle for developing a mutually agreed behaviour policy with clear rewards and sanctions (Kinder and Wilkin, 1998). Moreover, a clearly defined policy that is specific in how school discipline and, where applicable, suspension or expulsion, is to be implemented, incorporating feedback from those directly involved in it, has proved to be an insightful way of revising how those at risk of suspension or expulsion may be more effectively cared for.

The timely nature of this work is apparent, as most literature is dated and may not reflect current practice. Against this background, this work has found that school behaviour policies incorporating suspension are used at times in an arbitrary way, and this inconsistency can lead to dissatisfaction and disengagement with schooling. In addition, some students were uninspired by lack of innovative and engaging teaching methodologies, consequently behaving poorly. This allows a clearly transparent behaviour policy to be re-worked, which is applied consistently and fairly, and has taken the time to interview and hear the life experiences of those involved and considered the diversities of issues and how a policy may embody the ideas and thoughts and feelings of a range of students and practitioners and be workable and manageable in promoting positive behaviour.

This work has some unique insights and offers tentative generalisability across disciplines (such as social sciences, social work and intervention) and in other settings. Although educational research in a single place, its methodology can be applied more widely to other institutions, and its conclusions used to develop practice for the benefit of staff and students.

Publisher: Academica Press
ISBN: 9781680530469
Number of pages: 164
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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