Children likely to ‘go off the rails’ can be identified by age two

Children likely to ‘go off the rails’ can be identified by age two

According to the Government’s ‘discipline expert’, children at risk of a future of crime and aggression can be easily identified at aged two years. Charlie Taylor, who report is fully endorsed by the Government, goes on to say that these children should be sent to specialist behavioural institutions at the age of five to stop their bad behaviour getting worse.

Taylor says that nurseries should have the ability to assess and spot children with behavioural issues who can be recommended for this specialist tuition.

Mr Taylor said: ‘Any child can go off the rails for a bit and what we need is a system that is responsive to them and helps them to get back on the straight and narrow.’

He went on to say that it was easier to tackle this behaviour in it’s early stages before it has become ingrained in them, than tackling it when they get much older and their studies have been affected.  ‘If you can see it coming when they are two or three or four or five, then that’s when we can intervene,’ he added.

The proposal comes in the wake of the riots in the summer and has been drawn up by Mr Taylor as part of a solution. From a young age, children could be given extra help in the form of expert staff, who could come in to the nursery and help with disruptive children. In some cases they may be sent to special nurseries. From age five, these children could be placed in pupil referral units where they will receive specialist care.

Mr Taylor further explained that he would rather see this happen at a young age than wait until they were throwing tables around at age 14 or 15.

Mr Taylor is headmaster of the Willows School, in West London, which caters exclusively for pupils with behavioural problems. He says: ‘Often these children are showing some quite extreme behaviours very early on, so very aggressive, violent.

‘Also some difficulties around speech and language very often as well. Often not potty trained.’

He adds that it’s all about training them how to act in school and how to behave properly. His proposal also focuses on encouraging children to return to mainstream schools as quickly as possible instead of spending years in a pupil referral unit.

Mr Taylor’s school has a nursery section, which accepts children as young as three and four years old.

‘The best thing that happens in my own school by miles…is actually the intervention we do with three and four year olds.’

Further measures unveiled by My Taylor means that a new generation of teachers will be trained in managing disruptive behaviour and most new teachers will train in referral units as well as mainstream.

Mr Taylor said: ‘A new breed of teachers trained in specialist behaviour management will help improve alternative provision and then as a specialist cadre of teachers sharing their skills with others in  the profession.’

His report is expected to be accepted by Education Secretary Michael Gove today.

What do you think of these new proposals? Do you think nurseries should have the authority to refer children to have specialist care? Do you think that that normal toddler behaviour can easily be confused as something worse? Less us know how you feel in the comment box below.


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