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Working with Disaffected Students

Working with Disaffected Students
Why Students Lose Interest in School and What We Can Do About It

First Edition

October 2002 | 114 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'The book stresses the importance of early (and real) inter-agency co-operation, and of good initial and on-going teacher training' - Michael Duffy, The Times Educational Supplement

This accessible book is about pupil disaffection. It tackles some of the issues, which confront policy makers and practitioners in many countries and contexts. Education has become a political priority for many governments, and many have sought to tackle the issues of underachievement and failure. But if education is a political priority, why aren't school days `the best days of your life'? Why are so many students - and their teachers - unhappy with their lot?

Most children start school at five, or thereabouts, with enthusiasm and curiosity. Most parents want the best for their children. Most teachers enter the teaching profession because they are motivated by enthusiasm for their subject, or by a commitment to support children's learning. Most teachers who become head teachers do so because they want to make a difference to young people's lives. For many teachers and their pupils, education is a rewarding experience.

But what happens over the years to lead to disaffection in a sizeable minority? Why does the partnership between schools and families succeed for some, but fall apart for others? Why do some young people reject school and become excluded from learning? What forces the different 'camps' to blame each other ?

International studies have shown that education attainment at age 16 is the most important predictor of future participation in learning, and of labour market opportunities. Young people with no qualifications are between two and three times more likely to be unemployed as their peers, and to be excluded from society. They become disenfranchised by their lack of educational opportunities.

This book is more than another tale of pupil disengagement. From talking to parents, pupils and teachers, the authors provide some answers to the questions:

- What can be done to realize the high expectations that are shared by parents, pupils and teachers alike when children first start their schooling?

- What can be done to make a difference?

Chris Trinick
School Lives
Fact and Fiction

A Problem Shared?
Putting the Study in Place
Children's Voices
Parent's Voices
Teachers and Head Teachers in the Firing Line
Different Voices but Similar Tales
Policy into Practice
Making Changes Happen
No More Villains

`Working with Disaffected Students is an interesting, informative and accessible book which should appeal to the target audience of practitioners and policy makers. The recommendations in this book are sound and highly relevant to the target audience. Everyone, particularly the disaffected young people themselves, should benefit from sound research presented in such and engaging and accessible way' - British Journal Educational Studies

`The book stresses the importance of early (and real) inter-agency co-operation, and of good initial and on-going teacher training' - Michael Duffy, The Times Educational Supplement

`An insightful, powerful and, at times, worrying exploration of reasons for children choosing, or being forced, not to attend school. I feel that this book is a must-read for teachers, parents and carers alike. If the powerful messages are absorbed and internalized, then perhaps new ways of exploring the relationships required with children who become disaffected can be found' - Lynne Westwood, Working with People Who Have a Learning Disability

'This book is a welcome and timely addition to the growing body of research and writing on educational inclusion…. It is a rich source of good practice, policies and ideas. Used skilfully, it could be a powerful resource to influence a school's approach to the management of student disaffection…. I would recommend this book as essential source of empowerment for all who aspire to improve schools and include all' - Alan J Child, Journal of InService Education

`This book provides policy-makers and practitioners with positive strategies for best practice, helping them to formulate and implement policies that will improve prospects for disaffected pupils. The authors encourage inclusive solutions that emphasise working in partnership' - SENCO Update

`This is a humane and reflective book. One for all teachers, heads and other professionals involved in children's welfare. It should be compulsory reading for the target-setters accountability merchants, as it demands a very different king of responsibility towards vulnerable children and their future' - Improving Schools

`I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the grown up approach of this book, soundly grounded in evidence, and not afraid to talk in terms of a really inclusive approach. In particular, I loved to hear the clear statements on the need for trust between Government and Schools' - Education Review

I found this text quite inaccessible. It is very dense in places and rather dry.

Mrs Ruth Steyert
Functional Skills, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
May 21, 2015

This is a really useful book for anyone studying SEBD in school and what teachers and support staff need to know about managing children. It also provides more advanced concepts for students who are studying at post graduate level.

Ms Amanda Barrie
School Of Education, University of Leicester
February 23, 2015

a well written, simple read. Excellent for students with clear advice on how to deal with pupils.

Mrs Ruth Seabrook
PGCE secondary, Roehampton University
April 12, 2012

Too focused for the course that I run - although I can understand that it is useful for oters.

Mrs Annie Ostapenko-Denton
Community Studies, Truro College
September 9, 2011

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