…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Lliswerry High School has excluded two pupils and established a liaison group with parents and carers to discuss their concerns after violent incidents were shared on social media.
Following two unrelated incidents, both of which were reported to the police, some parents planned a march to protest against their children’s safety.
However, the school has taken the strongest sanctions against two pupils involved in the break time fight witnessed by large numbers of pupils, which was later shared on mobile phones.
The school has set up a group for parents, carers, and senior staff to discuss any worries half-termly.
Actions Taken Against the Students Involved
The school has taken a range of actions, including external agency involvement, against any learners who were involved in the periphery or arrangement of the incident.
The strongest sanction has been taken against the two learners involved in the fight, which reflects the school’s view that physical aggression or violence is unacceptable in any form.
A Constructive Way to Address Concerns
The establishment of a senior staff and parent/carer group will allow a representative group of parents or carers to work collaboratively and directly with senior school staff to resolve any future issues or concerns.
It will also enable the parents or carers involved to have an input into the wider educational experiences provided and represent the views of other parents or carers.
Analysis and Commentaries
The school’s swift actions in addressing the violent incidents and setting up a liaison group with parents and carers are commendable.
It highlights the school’s commitment to ensuring the safety, well-being, and educational success of its students.
The establishment of the senior staff and parent/carer group provides an opportunity for parents and carers to express their concerns and work collaboratively with the school in addressing any issues that may arise.
The incidents at Lliswerry High School also underscore the importance of addressing violence and aggression in schools.
It is essential to educate students on the importance of non-violent conflict resolution, promote positive and respectful behavior, and create safe and supportive learning environments.
The school’s actions in addressing the incidents and setting up the liaison group are a step towards creating a safe and supportive school environment.