'Kid whisperers' on the wanted list

27th August 1999 at 01:00
EVERY school should have a "kid whisperer" who can relate to troubled children in the way same way specialist "whisperers" manage wild horses.

Behaviour specialists could be the key to reducing the number of children excluded from school, the National Foundation for Educational Research says in a report calling for a greater emphasis on teacher-pupil understanding.

The foundation says that while options for excluded pupils have burgeoned less attention has been given to how difficult children are treated inside schools.

"Recognising the causes and appreciating the affective experiences underpinning young people's behavioural difficulties seem fundamental components of successful practice," it states.

Raising Behaviour: A School View,

price pound;6.50 from the NFER, telephone 01753 574123.

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