Our school and in fact most in our borough have banned these. The ban in our school has been in place for nearly 3 weeks. The SENCO will be reviewing it after half term, by which time she hopes this fad will have started to die down.
Over half of the teaching staff complained to the head just before and after the Easter hols as the pupils were just messing around with them in class, not one of whom has any notifiable condition other than some choice staffroom descriptors. There have been squabbles over them, which cause disruption to classes. None of those with the usual conditions, that one might suppose need them, have one. We have 3 kids who don’t go into classes and another 10 across year 7 to 11, most of these have class support. If pupils are struggling to concentrate or deal with their emotions and being disruptive they are removed to ‘the unit’ and parents informed as their behaviour is not conducive to everyone else’s learning. Teacher’s have enough to deal with in and out of classrooms, without fashionable fads like this causing disruption.
Like all confiscated items parents are informed and asked to pick them up in person and unlike mobiles, not one parent has been in to collect them or complain. I imagine they feel the same about them as teachers do. Some that have been confiscated are solid metal and could do some serious damage if thrown and hitting someone.
Several of those confiscated have flashing lights in them, which the SENCO finds bizarre as many of those with attention deficit and other conditions are likely to be prone to fitting which flashing lights can be a trigger for, hence the warnings over strobe / multiple flashing lights in theatres, TV and so on.
We’ve not seen them at the sqn.
but just occasionally I do actually wonder at your suitability to be involved in a youth organisation.[/quote]
Matt you should spend some time working with those who work with young people outside the Corps. Having been a member of a community panel for young offenders for 3 years and have worked in schools, you would conclude that many youth workers and teachers shouldn’t be involved with children. I thought they would be simpering lefty liberals, but no, far from it, the way the youth offender people talk to the kids would get you quite worked up. They do not mess around with words. The things that get said behind closed doors, about parents as well, make our friend Teflon’s comments positively mild by comparison. Don’t get me wrong the people I have met and work with, work bloody hard to try and make things better for the kids they work with or teach, but that doesn’t mean them being all saccharin about them. Maybe Teflon says things as he sees them, which it would appear to not be inline with current ATC policy, but many actually working with children aren’t “on the ATC message”.