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Teaching jobs 'should accommodate troublesome pupils'

04/03/2010 Joanna
More training is required to ensure that those in teaching jobs can help support children with severe behavioural problems, according to Sue Fieldman of the Good Schools Guide.

Her comments follow a new report from independent think-tank Demos, which concluded that the practice of excluding disruptive pupils should be abolished in favour of obliging headteachers to provide alternative learning arrangements for such children.

Ms Fieldman, regional editor for the Guide, said: "It is best for [… disruptive pupils] to stay in school but only if there's a system that is geared up specifically to cope with them.

"Exclusions don't solve anything. It's a short term solution but there is no long-term good consequence out of it."

She added that increasing the amount of behaviour-focused training those entering teaching jobs receive would allow them to identify and support disruptive pupils earlier, avoiding further problems down the line.

The Demos report further concluded that UK schools currently implement one of the punitive exclusion systems in the developed world.

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