The Sunday Times is reporting a study by two Cambridge professors suggesting many children with special needs are bullied and teased by other pupils, with some dismissed by teachers as lazy and “lacking a work ethic..”
The study by John MacBeath and Maurice Galton from Cambridge University – which comes a decade after the same professors published a landmark study into the teaching of children with SEN – suggests the experiment of teaching such children in mainstream rather than special schools has failed.
The suggestion is that staff lack the expertise to meet the needs of many SEN children and the authors claim the situation has deteriorated.
Professor MacBeath is quoted as saying “Things have undeniably got worse… We need to take better care and offer better provision for these forgotten children. We met too many children who are desperately unhappy and whose needs are not being met… For some children it is hellish. They are bullied and teased. We saw that as we went round schools. In big secondary schools these children just get lost.”
The report also suggests that MacBeath and Galton found that it was “routine” for some children to be kept out of sight when Ofsted were due to visit and that some academies and free schools are refusing to take children with SEN because of the potential impact on results…
More at: Schools give up on special needs children (subscription may be required)
See the report prepared for the NUT at: Inclusion: Statements of intent
This is a really damning report on the state of education for children with special needs. Do you recognise the issues they are highlighting and share the conculsion that teaching SEN children in mainstream rather than special schools has failed?
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