It’s one of those days. Behaviour of quite a few children causes concern, well more than a few really. So a quick children causing concern meeting is held. The list is drawn of the absconders, the disrupters, the major players and over 60% are on the SEN register.
Should I be surprised? Probably not, there is more than enough research that shows that children excluded from school are more likely than not to have SEN. This knowledge is no consolation. I feel responsible for the progress of these children.
I am supposed to be able to put LSAs in place to help. I obviously can’t do too much about LSA sickness or about the time out that they have to take for family funerals. I also can’t do much about the children’s family situations, the domestic violence, the poor housing, the breakdown of families, illnesses, the lack of employment but I do still feel responsible.
In a reflective manner I have to look – what have I put in place for these children, would me having written a social story have made a difference to one child? Would not changing the Nurture Group intervention have been better for some of the others? I have been doing this job for a year now. It feels much longer, I feel I should have answers. I don’t.
Is it my fault? Not entirely but I can’t help but feel that in small way I may be a contributing factor, it’s not a good feeling. I can’t change what has happened, all of the decisions I’ve made I’ve had reasons for, perhaps my reasoning is flawed but I can’t magic experience out of a hat.
Tomorrow is another day. More ideas, a fresh start for the children, a fresh start for the staff, another day to try and make a difference. I think some of these children have problems we don’t know about and can’t solve but we can offer stability and a fresh start every day.