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

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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