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Behaviour support guidance for schools and teachers

Challenging behaviour by some pupils is something all schools have to manage at some point. This may include managing children and young people diagnosed with a behavioural disorder such as:

  • attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • oppositional defiance disorder (ODD)
  • conduct disorder.

A school can take steps to minimise the risks through behaviour risk management which involves:

  • identifying the risk
  • analysing and assessing it
  • managing it
  • monitoring and reviewing it.

Within the school the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) will have information on effective ways of managing risk.

Specialist support

If extra support is needed SENCOs can ask for this from the specialist teaching teams. These teams can provide:

  • training (individual, groups of staff or whole school)
  • information sessions for children
  • consultation around individual pupils, to design support strategies and resources
  • support for completing risk assessments and designing individual pupil support plans
  • advice on other sources of specialist information and help, including our positive touch and positive options training.

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