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Main stream or not?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by misswills, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Having got back from my swimming session with my class today I found 2 of our goldfish dead - dismemebered by a pupil from another class who is new to school. Have since found out that the child has done similar acts to other animals but this information wasn't forwarded to school, Clearly a sociopath but what do we do? What can we do? Totally believe that all children deserve a good quality education but don't think a main stream school is the right place - am angry, gutted and bewildered. Can any one help?
     
  2. Having got back from my swimming session with my class today I found 2 of our goldfish dead - dismemebered by a pupil from another class who is new to school. Have since found out that the child has done similar acts to other animals but this information wasn't forwarded to school, Clearly a sociopath but what do we do? What can we do? Totally believe that all children deserve a good quality education but don't think a main stream school is the right place - am angry, gutted and bewildered. Can any one help?
     
  3. Speak to parents and see if they'll support you by agreeing to a CAF. Pull in all relevant agencies def. Ed Psych/Behaviour Support but possibly also CAHMs) and call a child action meeting. Make sure he's at School Action Plus.
    Work with Head and SENCo to do this.
    Follow all advice given- even if you don't fully agree with it. Keep a full record of all incidents and communicate this with parents.
    If there are no improvements you can look to exclusion- fixed term initially and possible application to special school if required.
    Make sure he definitely has done it!
    Consider any other behaviours, or is this a single obsession?
     
  4. I feel that labelling him "clearly a sociopath" is unhelpful and borderline offensive. Given that typically-functioning children do not usually engage in behaviour like this, does it not make you wonder what has led to this young person behaving in this way? What were his reasons for doing this? What do his reasons and thought processes around his behaviour tell you about him? And how can we use what we find out to help support him to become a more positive member of the school?
    It sounds as if this incident has upset you, which is entirely understandable as it doesn't sound nice at all. However, your response - "angry, gutted and bewildered" - sounds as if you are taking this young person's behaviour very personally and perceiving it as a deliberate act of aggression against you as an individual, which is less understandable or reasonable. Obviously I don't know the first thing about this pupil, but I would suggest that some exploration of his behaviour and underlying social understanding - perhaps by a more specialised professional who has the training and skills to do so - would be beneficial, rather than simply sticking a label on him and trying to turf him out.
     

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