School counsellor slams principal's 'extreme' response to young love

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 6:29PM
A Welsh principal has faced backlash over his radical take on stopping kids dating. (Photo / Getty)

There's been a huge amount of backlash today on the case of a school principal in Wales who is threatening expulsion for pupils found to be in relationships.

Toby Belfield from Ruthin School in north Wales said romantic relationships distract students from their studies.

Katherine Barclay, a counsellor at a school in South Auckland, spoke to Larry Williams about the case.

While she agrees that relationships can be distracting for children, Barclay does not believe it is the right method.

"I think it's a very extreme response and I really question how effective it would be.

"These kind of rules are not going to stop them having a relationship."

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She said that the policy goes against their intention of supporting learning. 

"What huge impact is it going to have if they are excluded from school?

She thinks that schools should do more to show kids how to navigate relationships, and believes New Zealand schools have a better grip of these matters.

"I'd like to think that our schools have a better way of managing this."

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