What was it like for you? Former pupils' reflections on their placement at a residential school for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties

Filiz Polat, Peter Farrell

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Abstract

As LEAs and schools develop their inclusive policies and practices, arguments about how to provide the most effective education for pupils with EBD continue. Is it possible to provide high quality education for this group in mainstream schools whilst not adversely affecting the education of the other pupils? What are the consequences of placing the most disturbed pupils in special schools? What do the pupils themselves think? This article draws on findings from 26 interviews with former pupils of an EBD residential school. We were interested in their opinions about the quality of education and care they received at the school and the impact of the placement on their experiences as young adults. Overall, despite some concerns, the former pupils have very positive memories of the school and felt that it had helped them to overcome their learning and behavioural difficulties. The findings have key implications for the development of policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages11
JournalEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Inclusion
  • Residential schools
  • Special schools

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