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Behavioural Issues

What is the procedure for addressing the needs of a pupil who displays behavioural / learning difficulties?

What happens if pupils continue to exhibit poor behaviour?

What happens if the pupil is violent or absconds from the school?

Can a school refuse to take an SEN / Disabled pupil on a school trip (day / residential)?

 

 

What is the procedure for addressing the needs of a pupil who displays behavioural / learning difficulties?

Initially a referral is made by the school - through a Common Assessment Form (CAF) to flag up concerns under the ‘Safeguarding Framework’ where a multi-agency approach is required.

If issues relevant to special educational needs (SEN) are identified currently two stages operate a) School Action and b) School Action Plus. In more complex cases children may be issued with a statement which specifies the pupil’s assessed needs.

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What happens if pupils continue to exhibit poor behaviour?

The school will need to arrange a strategy meeting where representatives from different departments e.g. Health – Paediatrician, Representative from Children’s Adolescent and Mental Health Services (CAMHS);  Social Care – Family Social Worker; Education – the Education Psychologist, class teacher etc., all contribute to assess or re-assess provision and to propose strategies to support the pupil. 

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What happens if the pupil is violent or absconds from the school?

 

It will be essential to have in place a ‘Risk Assessment’ to evaluate the level of risk to the pupil, other pupils and staff. This is a working document that needs to be currently updated. A copy of the completed risk assessment should be forwarded to the employer because the employer is ultimately responsible for the health and safety of the whole school community. The Risk Assessment needs to detail:

  • strategies suggested to help;

  • regular monitoring of these;

  • record where ineffective;

  • adaptation of strategies;

  • record of when strategies are effective.

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Can a school refuse to take an SEN / Disabled pupil on a school trip (day / residential)?

 The answer to this rests on the school’s justification of the decision not to include the pupil on the school trip.  It is essential that schools consider what ‘reasonable adjustments’ could be made  There is no clear definition of this term, but it can be evidence from Special Educational Needs Tribunal cases that schools are open to challenge if careful consideration is not given and adjustments made, where possible / appropriate,  to enable the pupil to participate.

The welfare of the child is paramount, therefore the school will need to evaluate the proposed trip and consider what ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made to enable the pupil to participate alongside his/her peers. Schools are bound by legislation: the Equality Act 2010, which protects the characteristics of pupils with a disability and extends their rights to access all the services the school provides.

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Page Published: 12/07/2011