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Post 356706 posted on 9-11-2008 at 22:28
It is the case in the UK that children with special education needs generally have their needs met in mainstream schools.
Is this right in all cases? Does it give parents unreasonable expectations.
Getting a child a statement is like blood out of a stone in some Local Authorities. There is a perceived tendency that children with behavioural
issues get statements earlier than those who have real need for differentiated material but are otherwise well behaved - doesn't seem right to me.
Gifted children also have special educational needs (differentiated material) but in mainstream schools are often overlooked at the government sets
targets that the school must obtained on average. Is tis right?
The new government children's plan puts parents at the centre of the childs well being and education too - good for parents that care - how do we
enage parents that aren't that bothered?
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Post 356708 posted on 9-11-2008 at 23:16
Oh lots of questions there. However, while the presumption is for a mainstream education for most children there will be some for whom a special
school will be more appropriate.
Scotland, dare I say it, seems to deal with this rather better than English schools if the children who come to us from England are anything to go
We attempt to cater for all children and teach them according to their needs. We put classroom assistants into some classes and provide co-op teachers
in others. We have to, by law, provide an appropriate learning plan for every child and a support plan on top of that if the child requires any
additionality. We consider that differentiation is part anf parcel of every class lesson and is therefore not additionality but I have just drawn up
over 110 plans for children with ASN due to specific learning difficulties, impairments or disabilities.
We invite all parents into formal meetings called SATs and there the team shares information and plans with the child, parent and any nominated
outside agency the parents want to be present. All parents receive a copy of the minute of the meeting afterwards. I've even drawn up plans over the
phone with parents who are too nervous/ill/busy to come in.