Behaviour expert to tackle problem pupils in Southend

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A BEHAVIOUR expert will be brought in to quell rowdy students at Southend’s schools.

Southend Council has lined up a new scheme to tackle problem pupils before their actions get out of control.

The move comes after latest figures revealed four out of five suspensions in Southend’s secondary schools last year were dished out by just four schools.

Jane Theadom, the council’s head of school support and preventative services, said: “The behaviour support teacher will be available to schools to support with behaviour policy and practice, including behaviour audits making recommendations for improvement.

“Some of their work will be with teachers to support implementation of behaviour policy.”

Including primary and special schools, there were 979 suspensions from Southend’s schools and seven expulsions in 2011/12.

That compares to 1,440 suspensions and four expulsions in 2010/11.

Most of last year’s punishments were handed out for disruptive behaviour or assaults on other pupils.

The behaviour expert will visit schools which have handed out multiple suspensions to train staff how to tackle the cause of the problem, rather than the symptoms.

Last year, the Echo revealed council bosses had called for schools to avoid suspending pupils wherever possible.

Chiefs were insistent that different measures could be used to tackle bad behaviour, such as placing pupils in “isolation units” rather than sending them home.

However, the strategy put them on a collision course with several headteachers.

Neil Houchen, head of the Eastwood Academy, said society had become obsessed with “making excuses” for pupils’ conduct.

He added: “I absolutely agree with the principle of tackling the underlying causes of excludable behaviour, but at the same time I do not make excuses for it.

“A clear, demarcated boundary is drawn, and if pupils cross it, they know and understand the consequences.”

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9:15am Thu 10 Jan 13

asbo. just the truth says...

a sjambok and an electrified cattle prod would be more cost effective
a sjambok and an electrified cattle prod would be more cost effective asbo. just the truth

9:16am Thu 10 Jan 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Neil Houchen.......a head with a head on his shoulders....Well said Mr Houchen
Neil Houchen.......a head with a head on his shoulders....Well said Mr Houchen Broadwaywatch

10:10am Thu 10 Jan 13

notinwestcliffanymore says...

I hope "The behaviour support teacher" is a new name for parade ground drill sargent major, that should keep them on their toes.
I hope "The behaviour support teacher" is a new name for parade ground drill sargent major, that should keep them on their toes. notinwestcliffanymore

10:18am Thu 10 Jan 13

JuliaM says...

"Some of their work will be with teachers to support implementation of behaviour policy..."

Why do they need 'support' to implement it? Who are the adults here?
"Some of their work will be with teachers to support implementation of behaviour policy..." Why do they need 'support' to implement it? Who are the adults here? JuliaM

11:27am Thu 10 Jan 13

InTheKnowOk says...

They need to be looking at the parents .. Each time i take a trip into Southend i'm sickened by the language parents use when telling off their youngsters . These 'adults' are mere kids themselves and have no parenting skills whatsover, so how are the children going to know the difference between right and wrong, they have no chance, there is no stability, no morals, no respect. We are going to see a whole new generation of thugs who are going to pass down their traits onto their sprogs unless something is done fast !!
They need to be looking at the parents .. Each time i take a trip into Southend i'm sickened by the language parents use when telling off their youngsters . These 'adults' are mere kids themselves and have no parenting skills whatsover, so how are the children going to know the difference between right and wrong, they have no chance, there is no stability, no morals, no respect. We are going to see a whole new generation of thugs who are going to pass down their traits onto their sprogs unless something is done fast !! InTheKnowOk

11:32am Thu 10 Jan 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment .. InTheKnowOk

11:43am Thu 10 Jan 13

perini says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..
Totally agree!
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..[/p][/quote]Totally agree! perini

12:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Essex Medja says...

perini wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..
Totally agree!
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill ...
.
Why can't we aim for our children to have respect rather than fear?
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..[/p][/quote]Totally agree![/p][/quote]InTheKnowOk wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill ... . Why can't we aim for our children to have respect rather than fear? Essex Medja

12:22pm Thu 10 Jan 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Essex Medja wrote:
perini wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..
Totally agree!
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill ...
.
Why can't we aim for our children to have respect rather than fear?
This is what i mean by going back to the parents, they have let their kids speak to them in a manner in which it shows it's ok to disrespect adults ... If there is no dicipline at home (and i don't mean thrashing the life out of someone) i mean sitting them down and saying you don't talk like that, it's not acceptable and it won't be tolerated under this roof .. You have to let them know whose boss, more often than not it's the kids that rule the roost at home, to me this is not the way it should be.
[quote][p][bold]Essex Medja[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..[/p][/quote]Totally agree![/p][/quote]InTheKnowOk wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill ... . Why can't we aim for our children to have respect rather than fear?[/p][/quote]This is what i mean by going back to the parents, they have let their kids speak to them in a manner in which it shows it's ok to disrespect adults ... If there is no dicipline at home (and i don't mean thrashing the life out of someone) i mean sitting them down and saying you don't talk like that, it's not acceptable and it won't be tolerated under this roof .. You have to let them know whose boss, more often than not it's the kids that rule the roost at home, to me this is not the way it should be. InTheKnowOk

1:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

emcee says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..
Absolutely. We respected our teachers (for the most part anyway).
Pupils these days are given too many rights to allow them to act the way they do and society lets them get away with bad behaviour.
In my day we had deterrants like the slipper, the cane and "proper" detentions. Not detentions that fit around the whims of the pupil or after asking permission from the parent.
If we were really bad a suspension was the order of the day and without the schools having to go through all the beurocratic nonsense that they have to follow these days. Also, any punishment we faced at school was often met with extra punishments at home.... no pocket money for a fortnight or having to stay in our rooms every night for a week and no going out with friends.
Ahhh, those were the days.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Another thing - When i was at school we were sh1t scared of teachers and the old bill .. Kids of today aren't afraid to hit back as they know they can get away with it .. There are NO boundaries, NO deterants and NO punishment ..[/p][/quote]Absolutely. We respected our teachers (for the most part anyway). Pupils these days are given too many rights to allow them to act the way they do and society lets them get away with bad behaviour. In my day we had deterrants like the slipper, the cane and "proper" detentions. Not detentions that fit around the whims of the pupil or after asking permission from the parent. If we were really bad a suspension was the order of the day and without the schools having to go through all the beurocratic nonsense that they have to follow these days. Also, any punishment we faced at school was often met with extra punishments at home.... no pocket money for a fortnight or having to stay in our rooms every night for a week and no going out with friends. Ahhh, those were the days. emcee

6:05pm Thu 10 Jan 13

whataday says...

If this behaviour expert is to get positive results s/he will have to involve the parents and in all probability educate them as well as so many of the above posters are saying
If this behaviour expert is to get positive results s/he will have to involve the parents and in all probability educate them as well as so many of the above posters are saying whataday

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