Excluded From School

Complex Discourse and Psychological Perspectives

September 2009
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    3rd September 2009
  • ISBN 9781858564395
  • Language English
  • Pages 190 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
  • Images tables

Exclusion from school or college powerfully affects lives. In this book, three practicing psychologists working with young people in inner cities explore the experiences of people who have been involved with exclusion from school: the child, the family, the excluding school and the receiving unit. Each party tells their own story so although they relate the same events, each story is different. The astonishing complexity of the lives of those excluded is illuminated.

The book is unique in bringing together different perspectives, including historical, psychodynamic and unstable systems theory. It concludes with reflections on the harm that exclusion can do and puts forward new approaches to managing difficult behavior in secondary schools.

The chapters deal with:
Exclusion—a historical perspective
Exclusion—a psychodynamic perspective
Exclusion—a perspective from Chaos Theory
Five case studies each told from the view of the family, the school, the unit and the child
Conclusions—the damage done by school exclusion and recommendations for preventing it

Excluded from School is essential reading for professionals working with children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk of exclusion: social workers, educational psychologists, teachers in secondary schools and pupil referral units, learning mentors and local authority policy makers.

"Five powerful case studies, each exploring in detail the experiences of school exclusion ... offer a significant contribution to the wider picture."

- , Runnymede Bulletin

About the Authors
Part 1: Context and Scope
Introduction to Part One
1) Stability, Instability and Children’s Behaviour
2) A Psychodynamic Perspective
Part 2: Case Examples
3) Letitia
4) Chip
5) Jack
6) David
7) Sam
Part 3: Conclusions
8) Themes, Observations and Applications

Christopher Arnold

Dr. Christopher Arnold is an educational psychologist who has worked with vulnerable young people for more than thirty years.

Jane Yeomans

Jane Yeomans worked extensively as a teacher before becoming a Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist. She trains teaching assistants.

Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson is a clinical psychologist for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council who previously worked in a residential facility for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Mike Solomon

Mike Solomon is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic in London and the London Borough of Camden Secondary Behaviour Support Service.