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Tes focus on…Social and emotional difficulties

There are some children in schools who seem not to be impacted by behaviour policies and, for these pupils, we need to explore whether an inability to process emotional and social information are the root of the issue, Dr Alice Jones tells Zofia Niemtus

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Daniel is misbehaving. He is not being violent, or particularly rude, but he is being persistently disruptive and it is distracting the other children. So, you follow the school behaviour policy of warnings and escalating sanctions and, eventually, Daniel is sent out of the class, accompanied by a member of the senior leadership team.

You used to think Daniel just needed firm boundaries and support, and that once these were in place, he would soon kick the bad habits. But it hasn’t worked, so what might be going on?

It’s possible, according to Dr Alice Jones, that a child like Daniel might ...

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