Department of missing the point

This is interesting:

A Norfolk headteacher has said there have been no exclusions from his school since he started rewarding pupils with chocolate for good behaviour. Dr Andrew Sheppard began the scheme in 2005, since when exclusion days at Redcastle Furze Primary in Thetford have dropped from 65 a year to zero…

In September 2005, Dr Sheppard pledged to give all 240 pupils a bar of chocolate if they made it to the half time break without any exclusions. The scheme proved so successful it was extended term by term. Since then discos, picnics and Easter eggs have been handed out.

Genius. But:

The School Food Trust said it would be better to use healthy food as a reward.

Oh dear.

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