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After riots - Teachers should be given training to deal with problem pupils
Trainee teachers will be invited to become specialists in managing disruptive behaviour following a review commissioned by the government after last summer's riots. From September, new recruits to the teaching profession will be able to do part of their teacher training in pupil referral units, where children excluded from mainstream education are taught.
The recommendation is contained in a report by the government's adviser on behaviour, Charlie Taylor, who said such training would be a "fantastic grounding" for any teacher.
Two-thirds of the young people brought before the courts after last summer's riots had some form of special educational need and more than one in 10 had been permanently excluded from school.
At present, pupil referral units are not allowed to run work-based teacher training, and teachers cannot complete their qualified teacher status or spend their induction year as a newly qualified teacher in one of the units.
Taylor said outstanding pupil referral units should be encouraged to convert to academy status and operate independently from their local authority. He argued this would give them greater freedom to develop a wider range of services.
The Department for Education is currently running a trial in which schools retain responsibility for the education of pupils they exclude. Schools continue to receive funding for these pupils and can use the money to develop bespoke programmes for individual children.