ANGER management classes for problem pupils are set to be introduced in schools across Edinburgh, Scotland.
The move follows the success of a pilot scheme which is being hailed for helping to cut truancy and exclusions in two city secondaries.
The anger classes were staged along with social skills workshops by youth workers at Liberton and Gracemount high schools.
Headteachers reported a noticeable improvement in pupils’ behaviour following the sessions.
Youngsters identified by teachers as being most at risk of being expelled because of their behaviour were sent to the sessions to be taught how to deal with their rage.
The one-to-one sessions are believed to have controlled behaviour so much that schools have not had to exclude as many pupils this year.
Social skills classes, in which pupils are taught about better communication, have also been credited with helping to cut exclusions.
At Century Anger Management we strongly believe that this type of training is important work to be done world-wide. The model of teaching specific skills to people, especially chidlren, to regulate emotions is the key to future anger control. We believe that, in most cases. skills training is more important in anger management than understanding the "why's" of uncontrollable anger expression.