Sunday, June 12, 2005

'Special needs' children need 'special needs' schools.,,2087-1650799,00.html

The Sunday Times, 12 June 2005, had an article on 'special' schools in the UK.

Three-quarters of all children with “severe or complex” special needs are educated in mainstream comprehensive schools.

This often leads to 'handicapped' or 'special needs' children being bullied and not being given adequate care. It can lead to children with emotional problems causing havoc in the classroom.

One in five children in England and Wales have learning difficulties.

Blair's Labour government has closed 90 special schools since 1997. This saves the government money.

Baroness Warnock's 1978 report on special needs education favoured a policy of 'inclusion'. Now Warnock has changed her mind. She says 'inclusion' is not working.

David Cameron is the Conservative education spokesman. He has a three-year-old son with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He wants parents to have a “proper choice between mainstream and special schools”.

Most special needs children are now educated in mainstream schools. But, Ofsted noted in its latest report that only “a minority of mainstream schools meet special needs very well”.

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