Supporting pupils with challenging behaviour
Get an overview of the steps you need to take to put support in place for a pupil with challenging behaviour, so you can address their underlying needs and help improve the behaviour.
Identify the root cause of the behaviour
If a pupil is consistently displaying challenging behaviour, it will usually be the result of an underlying need (or needs), such as:
- Special educational needs (SEN)
- Learning difficulties
- Difficulties with communication
- Mental health issues
- Housing, family or other domestic circumstances
To identify this need, the pupil will need to be assessed - see the section below for more detail on this.
Carry out assessments to identify unmet needs
Health and social care professionals will carry out the necessary assessments below. The information in this section comes from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
1. Initial assessment
The pupil's abilities and needs The support