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Mainstream inclusion, special challenges; strategies for children with BESD

Peaston, Hannah (2011) Mainstream inclusion, special challenges; strategies for children with BESD. [ Research Associate full reports ]

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This study investigated the leadership strategies that are currently being used in mainstream primary and middle schools to effectively include children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). The impact that this inclusion has on other members of the school community was examined, and any strategies in place to ensure that the experience was as positive as possible for all were also considered. Four schools were visited, and interviews carried out with members of the leadership team and support staff working directly with BESD children. The schools had nominated themselves on the basis of their good practice in this area. Although the sample was small, care was taken to ensure the validity of the results and so limited conclusions can be drawn. Schools were generally in agreement regarding the main challenges of including BESD children; namely, disruption to classes, increased stress for staff and impact on other children. However, all had successful strategies in place to combat these, the most effective being where a whole-school approach was taken, with the leadership team clear about their vision for inclusion and leading by example.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's services
Series Name: Research Associate full reports
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:37
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