BESD in Post-16 Mainstream Education

You wouldn’t send someone into a risky environment without proper health & safety training would you? Yet every day we ask staff in Further Education to work with students who have a variety of behaviour disorders without the proper preparation. It’s barmy!

FE classrooms can be a risky environment. Learners moving ‘up’ at age 16 are not required to disclose any SEN (although the majority usually do).  However if a learner has a BESD it is highly probable that they will conceal their chequered educational past, in the belief that revealing this could harm their educational prospects.

Specialist ADHD researcher Russell Barkley states:

35% of ADD/ADHD teenagers get suspended from school
35% of ADD/ADHD teenagers drop out of school

Students in Further Education who received support from School Action Plus or intensive SEN intervention (or those who have been through the PRU system) in their previous school careers, continue to need assistance throughout their academic life.  For these teenagers - and for their teachers – college is a hazardous world.

Recent DFE statistics show that up to 850 pupils in UK schools are excluded for behavioural issues each day.  Until now, many of these learners had the option to leave education and find employment.  But with the requirement to continue to college, training or Apprenticeships until the age of 17/18, these students arriving at post-16 education find that they are largely expected to cope alone.

That’s where we come in.

Our programmes provide Teachers and LSAS with what’s needed to identify, skill up and implement reasonable adjustments that prevent disruptive behaviour in the classroom caused by ADHD, ODD and other BESD.  They can then use the energies and interests of these hard to reach young people to engage and enthuse.

Every young person deserves their chance of a good education and we’re all in it together.


1  Child Development Guide
2  DFE 2010/2011 Statistics on Exclusions