Never exclude?

The Modern Miss

I recently read this piece in the Guardian by Bergistra, a primary head working in a deprived area. The title of the piece “We can’t exclude any child … because sometimes school is all they really have”, is somewhat misleading. The head does exclude pupils, but only as a last resort.

The piece details a very damaged child in Reception, one who, through having problems understanding things said to her, must feel very alienated from her surroundings, and reacts accordingly.

“I have a reception child, aged four, who desperately needs some serious, long-term therapy. In school she is unmanageable. She bites, kicks, hits and runs. She has serious attachment and speech and language needs. This results in an inability to form appropriate relationships with either adults or her peers. She will plough through a group of children to get something she wants, unaware that she is hurting them as she…

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