Review: Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow by  Jarlath O’Brien

I’ve just finished reading Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow by Jarlath O’Brien and I can’t stress enough how much I would recommend this book to school leaders, SENCOs and teachers.

I would even go as far as saying I believe this book could change a school leader’s opinion and approach to inclusion.

What did I like about it? 

  • Enthralling- from the minute I read the introduction (with its shocking statistics of past and present) I was hooked. This book is difficult to put down.
  • Honest- one of my favourite aspects of this book is how honest Jarlath O’Brien is about his own teaching and leadership. He provides examples of when he’s made the wrong decisions as well as the right ones, making himself and the book relatable.
  • Displays Passion for Education and Inclusion. Jarlath O’Brien’s dedication for helping children who’s needs have not been met (and are therefore not behaving) shines through. Hopefully influencing others to follow his lead.
  • Thought Provoking- There were many stories of O’Brien’s students that really got me thinking and reflecting on my own practise. The most inspiring part of the book however, I believe, lies with this one sentence: “all negative behaviour communicates an unmet need”  These words will definitely stick with me as reminder to myself to always look for the reasons behind negative behaviour.
  • Thoroughly researched- not only is this book packed full of interesting anecdotes but it’s also comprehensively researched, giving value and significance to the points made.

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