An extract from the book:
Exclusions guidance from the government suggests that as an early measure, moving a child to a different class can be a solution to problems. In Daniel’s case I believe a lot of his problems stemmed from the inability of the Year 1 teacher to get a firm hold on his behaviour, and I’d stressed my opinion to the head teacher on many occasions, to no avail. To think that a simple change of class teacher could have made a difference really upset me. But the guidance goes further.
There are a host of external agencies that schools can and should involve in the care plan of a child with special needs, and there doesn’t have to be a Statement in place to access this support. For example, every local authority has an Educational Psychologist who is experienced in dealing with issues including ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders, who can be called on for advice. Every county also has a Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS) which is equipped to provide a range of support tools including anger management and counselling, and schools can refer children to CAMHS or request that a member of the team comes into school to help with individual care plans.
I’d strongly recommend that if you find yourself in a situation where your child could be heading for an exclusion, you do your research and arm yourself to the teeth with all the information you can find.