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22. Teachers have a legal power to put pupils aged under 18 in detention.
23. Schools must make clear to pupils and parents that they use detention (including detention outside of school hours) as a sanction.
24. The times outside normal school hours when detention can be given (the ‘permitted day of detention’) include:
a. any school day where the pupil does not have permission to be absent
b. weekends - except the weekend preceding or following the half term break
c. non-teaching days – usually referred to as ‘training days’, ‘INSET days’ or ‘non-contact days’.
25. The headteacher can decide which members of staff can put pupils in detention. For example, they can limit the power to heads of year or heads of department only, or they can decide that all members of staff, including support staff, can impose detentions.
26. Parental consent is not required for detentions.
27. As with any disciplinary penalty a member of staff must act reasonably, as described in paragraph 15 above, when imposing a detention.
28. With lunchtime detentions, staff should allow reasonable time for the pupil to eat, drink and use the toilet.
29. School staff should not issue a detention where they know that doing so would compromise a child's safety. When ensuring that a detention outside school hours is reasonable, staff issuing the detention should consider the following points:
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