Kent school starts punishing pupils for HICCUPING under strict new rules

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

One of the largest schools in Kent has started punishing children for hiccuping under a strict new code of conduct.

The Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey has introduced a new “passport” system, that pupils will have to carry with them at all times.

This passport charts the behaviour of each child, with pupils able to earn good ‘behavioural points’ under the 3Ps system – prepared, polite and productive.

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However, some parents at the school claim their children have been punished for things like hiccuping in the classroom and wearing their coats inside.

Georgina Clayton told Kent Online: “My daughter Summer got a behavioural point because she hiccuped in class.

“This was put down as disruptive behaviour. Really?

“I totally understand there needs to be rules, but they are taking it to the extreme and it’s not allowing children to learn if they end up sitting in reflection for hours for these type of ‘issues’.”

Parent Gavin Shearing added: “I don’t think the passport is a good idea at all because there doesn’t seem to be a clear definition of what is classed as naughty.

“The rules are ridiculous. My daughter was given two behavioural points for wearing her coat inside the building, which I don’t agree with. How is that naughty?”

Principal John Cavadino defended the introduction of the passports, claiming that students, staff and parents had reacted positively to them.

He said: “Our parents especially appreciate the opportunity to see their child’s successes and area for improvement on a daily basis.

“With regards to sanctions, students are only placed in detention if they accumulate three behaviour points.

“Students are aware of how the new system operates and our parents have received a letter explaining the changes.”

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