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Take a walk on the wild side to get challenging pupils on track

Children with behavioural issues are often shunted out of mainstream education, but simply taking them out of the classroom environment can be enough to turn their lives around, writes Georgie Sweet

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Simon suffered from a pronounced stutter and was quiet and withdrawn. He lacked confidence. Staff struggled to engage him in lessons. But one day, he suddenly started taking every opportunity to read aloud in class, his stutter almost disappeared, and his confidence and enthusiasm for learning became obvious.

Then there’s Emma. She has a considerable track record of behavioural issues and has been at risk of exclusion. Bad decision-making and a failure to take responsibility for her actions often led to confrontations with staff members and students. Now she’s attending voluntary after-school ...

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