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(UK) Hertfordshire primary school with 25% of kids in SPED denies report of classroom violence

Jan 31, 2019, Hertfordshire Comet: Teaching staff at Stevenage primary school react to claims of classroom violence https://www.thecomet.net/news/education/teachers-respond-to-claims-about-stevenage-s-longmeadow-primary-school-1-5870563 Staff at a primary school have refuted claims of poor special educational needs provision and pupils’ classroom violence. Concerns surrounding Stevenage’s Longmeadow Primary School also include teachers and support staff leaving in droves, but remaining staff have spoken out to defend the school and headteacher Emily Howley. With almost 25 per cent of Longmeadow’s pupils on the SEN register – against a national average of 14 per cent – staff feel those outside education do not fully appreciate the overlap between SEN and behaviour. A Year 6 SEN 1:1 teaching assistant said: “We make more successes than we do failures, and when a child ‘blows up’ it’s because of their additional needs. It’s really important for pupils to learn to accept this, show compassion, and know how to deal with it in a diverse society.” …