When John arrived at the Free School he became angry over lots of things: he threw things, screamed, shouted and cried and tried to hurt others in his class by lashing out at them.
He is now much happier; he has good relationships with the adults in his class and feels he can trust them. He knows they will help him to understand and calm down more quickly. His anger outbursts are rare and when he has lost control he knows how to help himself calm down and apologise if necessary.
In mainstream school Sally knew she couldn’t do the work as well as her friends and so avoided doing any – preferring instead to mess around in lessons.
In the Free School she has an adult to help her and her lessons are aimed at her ability. She is enjoying achieving success and regularly wants to proudly show her work to others. She isn’t scared of her lessons anymore.