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Education of ADHD

ADHD can have a significant impact on your child in school, impacting their behaviour and academic progress.

As well as focusing on health, recent policy has also addressed the role of schools and education in improving mental health and wellbeing among children and young people. There is a particularly good opportunity to intervene early through schools in the case of ADHD, as it is widely accepted that the condition emerges in childhood, unlike other conditions which may only emerge in adolescence or adulthood, and that problems often present for the first time at school.

Following the Children and Families Act 2014, which overhauled the special educational needs (SEN) system, a new SEN code of practice was published, which replaced the previous category of ‘behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties’ with ‘social, emotional and mental health’. This encouraged teachers and other educational professionals to reflect on what might be causing problem behaviour among their students, to reduce the likelihood of underlying mental health problems and other conditions being missed. This could benefit those children for whom ADHD presents as behavioural challenges. 

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