The Education Network for Waltham Forest
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National policy

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

One of the current government's policies is to improve behaviour and attendance in schools. They are enhancing reforms to make sure teachers have the necessary powers to maintain discipline and improve attendance in schools. The schools white paper 'The importance of teaching' set out the government's commitment to give teachers more powers to deal with disruptive behaviour in school.

The government published guidance in June 2014, to help teachers better identify underlying mental health problems in young people – meaning fewer pupils should be incorrectly labelled as trouble-makers. The intention is to ensure pupils with unmet mental health needs get the help they need at an earlier stage. At the same time, it should enable teachers to be more confident in spotting those children who are simply behaving badly, and do not have a mental health issue. The guidance, created by the DfE in consultation with headteachers, mental health professors and the Department of Health, is designed to ensure teachers are confident in finding help for at-risk pupils.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Last updated: 23 June 2016 by Barry Fong