QUIET Rooms could help prevent pupils turning to anti-social behaviour and street crime while excluded from schools.
Disruptive pupils at some Kirklees schools are being sent to study in silence within the school, rather than being suspended.
And a council report says it is an experiment which is paying off.
The Quiet Room idea is one scheme being piloted to curb problems in Kirklees.
The idea is that cutting the number of school suspensions will reduced the number of pupils who then become involved in anti-social behaviour and sometimes street crime while they are suspended.
From earlier this year, disruptive pupils at seven schools have been sent to a room to work in silence rather than being sent home.
The number of days lost to suspension at Westborough High in Dewsbury has plummeted from 412 to 108 since the scheme started.
The Behaviour Improvement Programme is also under way in Batley Business and Enterprise College, Batley Girls High, Moor End Technology College, Rawthorpe High School, Birkdale High School and Fartown High School.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, Kirklees Council cabinet member for communities, welcomed the scheme.
He said: "I believe if we can reduce exclusions it will help reduce anti-social behaviour so the aim is to keep children in school.
"If they are disruptive they will not be thrown out, but they will be isolated so they can't disturb other children."
The council cabinet is being asked to consider funding an extension of the scheme at a meeting tomorrow.
Further schools to benefit from the programme next year, if the council comes up with an extra £350,000, are Newsome, Mirfield, Almondbury and Spen Valley High Schools, Royds Hall High in Paddock, Earlsheaton High in Dewsbury and All Saints High near Bradley Bar.
A council report says: "The most successful of all the Behaviour Improvement Programme schools has been Westborough, where the number of fixed period exclusions has gone down by 70%."