In­clu­sion doesn’t work for our kids

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I’ve re­ported phys­i­cal as­saults to the head teacher but it’s still hap­pen­ing ev­ery week and the pupils in­volved re­main in the class.

If I lifted my hand to my teacher when I was at school you would have been sus­pended at least and pos­si­bly re­ported to the Chil­dren’s Panel.

Now it’s all about in­clu­sion, which means chil­dren with se­ri­ous be­havioural is­sues re­main in main­stream classes.

In­clu­sion doesn’t work. It im­pacts on ev­ery child’s ed­u­ca­tion as I spend a mas­sive pro­por­tion of my time on tasks for one pupil, which he doesn’t do any­way.

The per­sonal toll is bad as there’s the stress of try­ing to keep on deal­ing with it all.

The prob­lem is top-down poli­cies on dis­ci­pline and in­clu­sion from ed­u­ca­tional of­fi­cials who have no ac­tual con­tact with pupils.

Head­teach­ers have to try to de­liver it all and teach­ers are left to deal with the chaos which en­sues.

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