Crime and punishment – PP39
June 13, 2014•29 min
Our topic of the week is crime and punishment.
Paul isn't a fan of heavy sanctions. The schools that Pivotal Education work with are on a trajectory towards just using restorative conversations and very small steps in sanctions but in many schools class teachers don't have control over the policy and still have to operate the system which exists fairly and consistently.
There are general principles which apply to using negative consequences in any system:
Make sure the distance between giving the sanction and the offence itself is as short as possible and also try not to separate the personnel involved - sanctions don't work as well where responsibility is delegated to someone else to give them - the best sanctions are applied very soon after the incident
Sanctions which don't involve some self-reflection are lose impact - make sure there is a conversation or maybe some reflective writing
Keep the application of negative consequences private
Make sure students know where they ar