This Paper Examines the Provision Within Fe for 14-16 Year Old, as an Alternative to Exclusion. It Sets About Ascertaining That Social, Emotional, Behaviour Difficulties (Sebd) Are Hard to Define and the Difficulties Defining Them Cause.

This paper examines the provision within FE for 14-16 year old, as an alternative to exclusion. It sets about ascertaining that Social, Emotional, Behaviour difficulties (SEBD) are hard to define and the difficulties defining them cause.

However it does recognise that having college as an alternative to exclusion can be as the Government state ‘A useful tool’ and assists with widening participate.   This seems to be supported by The Dearing Review which confirms that having 14-16 year olds in college may be beneficial to them as it means they are not excluded and have the benefit of being among peers which are slightly more mature.   College also has the benefit of offering vocational and academic courses which may suit some 14-16 year olds better.   Therefore college has the potential to widen participation in education.   However it was also viewed as a ‘last opportunity’ for the students.
Daniels & Mcnab (2004) did research into the effectiveness for college for students between 14-16.   They found that the main aim of the colleges where 14-16 year olds were attending was to provide educational opportunities, i.e. skills and qualifications.   College was also seen as a ‘stepping stone’ to reintegrate the students back in to main stream education.   This was done through providing/ hoping to provide an environment that was stimulating and offering courses that main stream education did not.
Key findings also revealed that the 14-16 year olds were treated more maturely in college and they responded well to this, although it was noted for some students this came as a shock and actually could lead to a further downwards spiral as the anominity was too much to handle.   However according to the studt Daniels & Mcnab did, most students actually managed the transfer into college successfully.

However concerning transfer some staff felt that the referral agencies of which there were numerous had different motives and were just pushing out ‘hard to...