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24 May 2016, 11:38
A primary school in Milton Keynes has denied national press reports yesterday that it had banned whistles in playgrounds to attract children's attention, because it was seen as "too aggressive".
That claim's been totally denied by the St Monica's Catholic Primary School today.
In a statement released on the school's website the head says:
"There is no ban on whistles at St Monica’s Catholic Primary School. The view that loud noises can be ‘aggressive’ has never been a point of discussion in our school
(let alone a policy).
We use a variety of methods to gain the attention of pupils in different settings, such as whistles, voices, bells and klaxons. The raised hand is often employed in the classroom as an effective method, in line with many other primary schools, and we have also found it to be effective in our smaller playground with younger children.
Our children and staff communicate effectively using a variety of appropriate methods throughout the school day, particularly when undertaking the various competitive and noisy activities that our children enjoy, from inter-school leagues through to running around the playground being excited, happy and enthused children!"