I'm surprised so many teachers are shocked. It's really not uncommon in Special. The kids are in Special because they have no clue how to interact or conform - well, some of them do and some don't. Where do they go if they get kicked out? What do they do? They are entitled to education until 16 - indeed, they MUST be educated by law. I simply don't know what you do with them other than send them home. But their parents may work and for many of them it's not poor parenting which is responsible for their plight. What are the parents to do? Give up work? I have no answer but it's not as easy as just excluding them. What happens next? Yes, in Special we sometimes are just child-minding. Some kids you simply can't get through to - not enough to make a difference anyway. I feel like a carer some days. But what else is there for them? I think it's sometimes a waste of time for a qualified teacher to be put with them but that's the way it is. I dare say I'd be lynched if I suggested they had minders.