Do School Detentions work on Older Children?

A detention is form of discipline that’s usually given out in secondary schools, middle schools and upper schools, and it essentially removes a child’s ‘luxury’ time, such as break time or ‘lunch’ time whilst they’re also excluded and placed in a quiet classroom or hall.

Detentions have been criticised because they leave insufficient time for a child to eat, which can consequently mean they are less productive in lessons, potentially picking up further detentions.

Yet punishments are not meant to be nice; they’re created to deter students from breaking the school rules. Some schools have found that older children will continuously have detentions over and over again, and if a detention is ineffective for some children, they may actually be rather pointless.

A much better way to improve the school and deter students is by having them pick up rubbish around the school. Obviously older children can refuse, and for those individuals it can be impossible to find a disciplinary procedure that works, which is when it would be ideal to start calling the child’s parent.