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Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by May2, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    A friend is applying for a job in a special school. I just looked at their website and it says they specialise in pupils with a diagnosis of ESD. There are so many acronyms in education these days and I can't think what this one is. Can someone enlighten me?
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Is it Epilepsy Spectrum Disorder?
  3. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Well I don't know , I wondered if it was Emotional and Social something. I think they all have behavioural problems.
  4. har1her1

    har1her1 New commenter


    I think it means Emotional and Social Difficulties. It is like BESD but without the behavioural problems.
  5. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    The latest Code of Practice uses the phrase "emotional and social development" without acronymising it to "ESD". The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties expands "ESD" to "Emotional and social development", referring to it as the counterpart in Germany of "EBD" or "emotional and behaviour difficulties". See: http://tinyurl.com/pum5arz

    The German translation of "emotional and social development" is "emotionale und soziale Entwicklung". This is indeed an official educational category in Germany. Here's one explanation by the education ministry of the German State of Hesse: "Förderschwerpunkt emotionale und soziale Entwicklung: Aufgabe dieses Förderschwerpunktes ist es, Schülerinnen und Schüler zu fördern, die im Bereich des sozialen Handelns und emotionalen Erlebens sonderpädagogischer Unterstützung bedürfen", meaning: "Emotional and social development: it is the task of this priority to support students who need special educational needs support when they interact socially and experience emotions". I guess both countries are trying to get away from a deficit model of "difficulty" or "disorder" to something more positive. The replacement of BESD (Behavioural, emotional and social difficulty" with the new SEN category of "Social, emotional and mental health" (SEMH) appears to be part of this trend.
  6. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    Agreed. I work in a SEBD setting and we still refer to behaviour, as the behaviour is symptomatic of the emotional/social difficulty (or other disability/medical condition). However, the new SEND code of practice and EHCP does not allow for 'behaviour' as a diagnosis of special need/difficulty, as behavioural difficulties do not present on their own, they always have an underlying emotional, social or mental health issue...

    But be careful: the removal of the B (i.e. in ESD) should not be interpreted to mean 'BESD but without behavioural problems' as har1her1 suggested (although that is true of the acronym, it is highly unlikely to be true of the students); but rather that the behavioural issues are to be expected and are understood to be reflective of the students' social and/or emotional difficulties.

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