The Government's behavioural expert Charlie Taylor has recommended that bad behaviour should be targeted in children as young as two.
His comments are timed to coincide with the publication this week of a review of education for the worst behaved children in England, commissioned following last summer's riots.
Taylor believes that setting appropiate boundaries early will help children socialise, discourage signs of aggression and is better than "waiting until they are throwing tables around" as teenagers.
Taylor said that at his own school one of the best things they do is their work with three and four-year-olds, when behaviour patterns are not so "ingrained".
He 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."
Taylor also called for would-be teachers to be allowed to train in pupil referral units (PRUs) - sometimes nicknamed "sin bins".
However Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said:
"Provision for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties has historically been subjected to relentless re-organisation and change. What is needed is stability not more change."
Posted by Penny Hosie on 09/03/2012