This article illustrates the difficulties faced by a number of the families we work with. Children are labelled as "naughty" and are expelled without real understanding of what is causing the behaviour.
It is important that pupils' needs are identified and the schools are supported in providing their pupils with the help they require.
To start this process, an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment should be requested by the parents or school so that any needs can be identified, supported and allow for the pupils to access education without further exclusions. Speak to us about starting this process and to understand the law in this area which is often much more straightforward than the Local Authority's policy.
The team found there were more children with mental disorders among those who had been excluded than those who had not. Children who had a previous mental disorder were omitted from the analysis. “Although an exclusion from school may only last for a day or two, the impact and repercussions for the child and parents are much wider,” said Claire Parker, one of the researchers. “Exclusion often marks a turning point during an ongoing difficult time for the child, parent and those trying to support the child in school.” The report argues that providing support to children with challenging behaviour could help prevent exclusion as well as future psychopathology. It would also benefit teaching staff.