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ERIC Number: EJ855874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Are the Contradictions and Tensions that Have Characterised Educational Provision for Young People with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties a Persistent Feature of Current Policy?
Burton, D. M.; Bartlett, S. J.; de Cuevas, R. Anderson
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v14 n2 p141-155 Jun 2009
English educational policy for pupils displaying disturbed emotions and behaviour has been characterised by inconsistencies, oscillating between discourses of inclusion and exclusion. While the social inclusion agenda presents an opportunity to improve the educational experience of this traditionally underserved population, it appears that inconsistencies remain a feature of current policy. This small case study describes the contradictions faced by a cross-section of education and children's services professionals involved in practice or policy implementation in the secondary phase. Within this English Local Authority district, professionals highlighted confused and contradictory messages for the treatment of and priority afforded to young people with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) within the education system. The findings heighten a concern that the pressure on Local Authorities and school leaders to effect academic achievement at the highest grades may overshadow attempts to address the educational and other developmental needs of disadvantaged pupils, including those with BESD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)