In a world where it seems we have to give everything a formal diagnosis, it seems that even children with challenging behaviour now are referred to as “Special Educational Needs”. The easiest way to deal with these different students is to exclude them and the risk of exclusion for pupils in some counties is significantly higher if they have “SEN”.

The cost of exclusion has multiple impacts- for the child, the family, the school community and the local community. Perhaps greater inclusion supported by the best network of cross sector professionals might actually prove a more effective solution ?