Charlie Taylor, Behaviour Tsar for the Government, has today [27 June] admitted to a Common's Education Select Committee that schools are seeing an increase in younger children displaying "problem behaviours".

Taylor, who is former headteacher of The Willows, a special school in west London for children, said that while behaviour in general is improving, there remains a groups of children that persistently behave poorly.

These children typically display a whole host of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, he explained, and because they may behave in very difficult and violent ways, they require much more help and specialist support.

Tory MP Neil Carmichael asked why it was that increasing numbers of pupils are suspended from school for abuse or assault and, at the same time, Ofsted rates almost four-fifths of schools as good for behaviour.

Taylor replied that the numbers of schools rated as good has fallen from around 87% as the bar has been raised on standards of behaviour.

He told the committee: "Though I would say generally, the trajectory of behaviour within schools is improving".

"But I do think there's a group of children who show very extreme behaviour, very difficult, challenging, violent behaviour, often quite young children, and I would say possibly there has been an increase in those sorts of children.

"You can still be a school who is good on behaviour and still have pupils like that within your school because you're doing a good job with them.

"But nevertheless there are certainly a group of children who need extra interventions, who need more help, who need more support and for whom the basic standards of just a really well-run school aren't enough."

He added: "The trajectory is in the right direction, but there's a huge amount to carry on doing."

Taylor has just been appointed the first chief executive of the Teaching Agency, which will oversee teacher training.

Posted 27/6/2012 by penny.hosie@pavpub.com