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Behavioural, emotional and social difficulty (BESD)
Behavioural, emotional and social difficulty is a type of special educational need. Pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties cover the full range of ability and a continuum of severity.
At the milder end of the continuum, pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties may have difficulties with social interaction and find it difficult to work in a group or cope in unstructured time. They may have poor concentration, temper outbursts and be verbally aggressive to their peers and adults.
Others may provoke their peers and be confrontational or openly defiant - and sometimes physically aggressive - towards peers and adults. They are often 'off task' and have a very short concentration span. They find it hard to accept praise or take responsibility for their behaviour.
Some pupils may not be able to function at all in group situations, and exhibit persistent and frequent violent behaviour which requires physical intervention. Others may display similar signs of low esteem, under achievement and inappropriate social interaction, but without outwardly challenging behavioural outbursts. They will be withdrawn, quiet and find it difficult to communicate.
[See also: Special Educational Needs]
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