Does your school use isolation booths?


24th January 2020

THE Children’s Commissioner for England has said that more schools are converting toilet blocks and classrooms to build isolation booths.

Cubicles that block pupils from being able to talk to each other have become common in schools, and some teachers don’t think that’s a good thing. The booths are spaces where pupils sit in silence for hours as punishment for breaking school rules and for disruptive behaviour.

Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that she is conducting research to find out just how much the cubicles are being used, and says she has already heard “horror stories” about children’s experiences in isolation booths.

The Commissioner said that some pupils had been in isolation for days or weeks, sometimes with nothing to do.

The Centre for Mental Health charity is also against the booths, warning that putting pupils in isolation for long periods can “have a negative impact” on mental health.

Not everyone agrees, however. The Government’s behaviour expert, Tom Bennett, says that the booths aren’t “isolation rooms”. They are “supervised, and more often than not, accompanied by other students. These are safe spaces, run by adults”.

Later this year, the Government will publish new advice on how schools use the booths. For now, the Department for Education says that “pupils are not to be kept in isolation longer than necessary and their time spent there must be as constructive as possible.”

Does your school use isolation booths?


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dog13 · 12 months ago

No, children need to talk about their bad behavior.

kitizu · 12 months ago

I put yes, but it's not a booth, per se. It's more of a room.

delealli · 12 months ago

I have no idea what it is like but there is a sign in the PE block that says ‘isolation base’ on the door of a cupboard. I think that isolation is bad because it makes people feel cut off and it will be more difficult for them to work.

delealli · 12 months ago

First to comment

latte06 · 12 months ago

No! I don't think that it's right to isolate students for hours, let alone days! If you had to, you should at least give them something to do, such as homework. At my school, naughty pupils do 'community service' which is when you help teachers after lessons and you have to do a kind act.

amazingaje · 12 months ago

first person to reply!

amazingaje · 12 months ago

i would definitely not like a isolation booth in my school. who agrees? you can say yes or no if you want to.

saxophone7 · 12 months ago

No one should use islation its so cruel

alpacafan · 12 months ago

I think that if your put in one of the booths,it may be harder to complete work as you have no input which means that it's better to not do isolation at all so that it's easier to learn.

anju-fnews · 12 months ago

Our school doesn't but I do think that it is a bad idea because if young children are also put in these booths they may become easily angry and tempered. It may also increase their bad behavior instead of decreasing it Also, some children hate being in isolation as well. Overall, I'm glad that our school doesn't have this system.

neiljunior · 12 months ago

It sounds stupid. I hope I never go in one

candyflos · 12 months ago


wireskid · 12 months ago

No, if they did yes, kids would be bored but they should not have them as it may make them feel like they are to bad to do things.

josh_h · 12 months ago

No, In my school we don't.

bamboomilk · 11 months ago

What's an isolation booth?

peebi0412 · 11 months ago

There are no isolation booths in my school however, there is an isolation room. I think this is good because it gives us a chance to reflect upon our behaviour however, I highly disagree with isolation booths as this would put too much pressure on the us.

dog_lover · 11 months ago

The kid should have detention. At our school, if you break the school rules, you have to miss lunch and can't talk to anyone. This isnt actually as bad as it may sound, because there are other people around you. Or sometimes they take you to the library and you have to talk through what happened to a teacher.

lolatiger · 10 months ago

As a 16 year old all of these children have amazing vocabulary!

stargrl · 10 months ago

Err, delealli, that is a is probably a electricity cupboard. 🤭 I thought it might be too, but my parents knew what it was.

thanos · 10 months ago


sloth-love · 10 months ago

Our school used too however, they now they don't. Last year they got rid of both isolation (booths) and detentions.

scichaser2 · 9 months ago

Mine does. I think that it is plain cruel, and should not be this way. There is only one form of positive praise at our school which is nothing compared to the ten versions of detentions which includes isolation. This is not the way it should be and it needs to stop.

opalstar · 8 months ago

No !!!!! My school would not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

katkid10 · 8 months ago

My school only uses isolation booths if someone needs one and wants one.

bourbons25 · 4 months ago

My school only have a room, not cubicles. I have never seen it properly, but I think it is a bad idea because some people find it really difficult to work in silence.

badgehuff · 2 months ago

That is such a bad idea! Children need to think about their bad behaviour yes but going that far is too extreme.