Showing Problem Children How to Deal with Anger

The Birmingham Post (England), February 8, 2001 | Go to article overview

Showing Problem Children How to Deal with Anger


Seven schools are running anger management courses to help problem pupils who disrupt lessons and classmates.

The news follows concerns expressed by the chief inspector of schools, Mike Tomlinson, that bad behaviour was increasing in secondary schools.

Organisers said the six-week sessions, at six high schools and one middle school in Stafford and Stone, were an innovative and responsible way of tackling an existing problem.

About 45 pupils aged 12 to 16 are attending the Staffordshire County Council-backed courses, which focus on self-awareness and teaching alternative ways of dealing with anger and frustration.

The programme has been funded with the help of a pounds 10,000 social inclusion grant and was first piloted last year.

Jane Spensley, of Stafford School Support, said: 'This is very much a preventative rather than a desperate measure. With me going into schools, the children don't see me in the same way as a teacher.

'They are more trusting and it gives some of them the chance to speak about their feelings and emotions. It is about preventing children's difficulties from escalating. I am not telling them what to do. They are working it out for themselves.

'Anger is not like a switch you switch on. It is something to do with the way you interpret things. …

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