`This book is an essential tool if schools are to achieve effective ways forward with those students who are unhappy; disaffected and therefore unable to cope with the present system' - SNIP `This is a valuable and well-written book which deserves to be widely read' - Support for Learning `The structure of the book is well organized and the use of marginal summaries is particularly use for those wishing an overview of the key themes from the book' - Educational Psychology in Practice HIGHLY COMMENDED TES/NASEN BEST ACADEMIC BOOK AWARD 2001 Susan gained her doctorate by researching the experiences of young people who had become disaffected with school. Here, she uses that information to provide a fascinating insight into the feelings and views of those young people who are hard to motivate. What we learn from her work is that we might not like what we hear, we might not agree with what we hear, but, if we are to include these young people in our schools, then we must listen to them. This book very cleverly combines the academic study with a practical, accessible format. Margin summaries allow the browser to find relevant material. Most importantly, the book provides teachers with suggestions on how to better provide for the pupils who are hard to reach and hard to teach.

The Children, Their Schools and the Interviews

The children, their schools and the interviews

In this chapter I give a very brief outline of the methodology used for my study. Any reader requiring more detail should refer to my original study (Wise, 1997).

The Children and Their Schools

36 pupils (31 boys and 5 girls) were interviewed, aged 12 to 16 years old. They all attended one of two special educational establishments for pupils with EBD and represented a broad spectrum of challenging behaviours. I knew the children I interviewed as I was working in both of the schools at the time of interviewing.

The Oakwood Centre is part of the Home and Hospital Teaching Service (HHTS) for the area in which it is located. There are on average ...

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