Responding to an announcement by the DfE of a £10 million scheme to tackle bad behaviour, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“It’s true that behaviour is important for effective learning to take place; classroom disruption can be very problematic. But for many children and young people behaviour is a way of communicating that something isn't right. It is vital that we don't look at ‘bad’ behaviour in isolation and take too simplistic an approach in tackling it.
"Schools need the capacity and resource to find out if there is an underlying cause for an individual child's behaviour, whether it be mental wellbeing, undiagnosed SEND, or problems at home. Sufficient staffing is key, as well as the right resources, and specialist services with the capacity to help.”
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