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Keep out of the exclusion zone

Too many secondary students with behavioural difficulties are being permanently removed from school, but a different approach could help them remain in the classroom, says Darren Martindale

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Is it surprising that some schools struggle to meet the needs of pupils with significant social, emotional or other behavioural difficulties? Of course not. It can be challenging, even for the most experienced and skilled teachers.

In fact, many schools tell me that the needs of some of their children are becoming progressively more complex, and teachers require an increasingly sophisticated set of skills to meet those needs.

However, it is still a failure of our education system that so many secondary students are being permanently excluded. So, how might we help schools support these pupils ...

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