Justine Roberts

Let’s behave as a team

When it comes to tackling children’s bad behaviour, schools and parents need to form a united front

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For most parents, hearing that your child’s behaviour is ringing alarm bells at school is both surprising and upsetting. For some, it’s the beginning of an exhausting, demoralising slog through the special educational needs system, battling for the specialist provision that their child needs. For others, it can lead to some sorrowful soul-searching: “Is my child unhappy? Unsettled? Testing the boundaries? Or just behaving in a problematic way for no good reason?”

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) and behavioural disorders are completely separate issues, and probably the subject ...

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