Rise in challenging behaviour in pupils

    Schools have reported a rise in the number of pupils displaying
    behaviour related to autistic spectrum disorder, according to an
    Ofsted report published this week.

    The government’s education watchdog report on managing challenging
    behaviour in 78 institutions also found that “at least” one-third
    of primary school staff identified a need for more training on
    ASD.

    The report said that not all staff were given training, and
    highlighted that teaching assistants and residential care staff
    were “often omitted.”

    Some of the college staff interviewed said they felt “inadequately”
    trained in dealing with physical restraint.

    Ofsted also found that pupils who displayed signs of the onset of
    mental illness could go “unnoticed” in the classroom, while
    one-third of primary and special schools and half of secondary
    schools reported incidents of self-harm.

    • Managing Challenging Behaviour from: www.ofsted.gov.uk

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