Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD). Applying the Social Model of Behaviour. What does Society want from Education? . Education is society’s way of instilling socially acceptable behaviour and preparing people for the labour market.
Applying the Social Model of Behaviour
Education is society’s way of instilling socially acceptable behaviour and preparing people for the labour market.
Education leads to employment
Employment leads to social inclusion
Easy to measure the development of intellectual skills.
Pressure to do this, works against the development of social skills.
A school that works intensively with one child so he can bear to sit down for seven minutes receives very little credit, compared to a school that has students with top marks in their exams.
There were 9,290 permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and all special schools in 2002/3.
83% from secondary schools
14% from primary school
3% from special schools
There were also many informal exclusions, e.g. internal exclusions, arrangements between parents and head-teachers who come to an accommodation about the child not coming in to school.
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Children who are poor or have other forms of disadvantage (e.g. family trauma) are massively over-represented.
Children with Special Needs0.45% of all SEN pupils excluded, compared to 0.05% with no SEN
Children with a diagnosis of, or perceived as having, Social, Emotional Behavioural Difficulties.
Boys are excluded at a rate of 4x as many as girls – in 2002/3 82% were boys
We think this child has more severe problems than most?
This child’s behaviour is strange and disturbing?
This child’s behaviour is extremely difficult to cope with?
Someone more expert than us should solve this problem?
Children with physical impairments rarely get labelled SEBD, even if their behaviour is appalling.
A whole school, whole person approach recognises:
Turning Lead into Gold Similar behaviours can be described positively or negatively
Turning Lead into Gold Similar behaviour can be described positively or negatively
Adapted from “All My Life’s a Circle”, Thomas Armstrong, Inclusion Press (Toronto)