Try therapy instead of exclusion

28th September 2001 at 01:00
SCHOOLS could keep more difficult and disruptive pupils on board if they taught them techniques for managing their behaviour, a report from the children's charity Barnardo's suggests. It said that the rate of exclusion in England increased six-fold after the introduction of the national curriculum and the emphasis on pupil testing and school league tables. Children driven out of school by the new, competitive regime could be kept in class or reintegrated if schools learnt from techniques that have been successful outside the mainstream. We Can Work It Out, by Professor Paul Cooper, is available from Barnardo's Child Care Publications, price pound;15 (tel: 01268 520224).

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