The children with special needs who stay at home

While most children around the UK are now on their school holidays, many children with special educational needs (SEN) have already been at home for months, in some cases years. The BBC visited four children with SEN who spend their school days at home.

William stopped going to secondary school in November 2018, seven weeks after he started. He is 12 and has dyslexia.

“The class just went way too fast, and there was way too much copying off a board and copying down from books and things,” he says. “And you had to do it quickly. It made me feel like I was stupid.”

Michaela is 13 and has been at home for most of this year. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with ADHD, autism and epilepsy.

“I don’t think that my behaviour was difficult,” she says, before clarifying: “If you get the right person that knows how to deal with my behaviour then I won’t be difficult.”

Read more about these children and the lives they now lead The children with special needs who stay at home 

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  1. Judith Wilson

    We have been failing our children for so long now. How many opportunities for learning are being thrown away every day? How many children are not even being allowed to TRY to reach their full potential? How many MORE problems are being created by not catering for their needs in an appropriate learning environment? Does anyone on EVER bother to read these posts?

    • Nathalie Richards

      Yes we do Judith! Our readers opinions about education today are very important to all of us. The comments area is for our readers to discuss the articles and the issues raised in them. Please continue to put your thoughts out there.

  2. Sarah Barker

    Unfortunately in the present climate of endless tests and targets, many schools see pushing out “problem” children as a quick route to “improvement”. My son is one of the children featured in the article. Had he been more academically advanced (at the moment he is 2 years behind his peers), I’ve have put money on the school making more of an effort than they did with him (instead of sticking him in a bare classroom with other SEN children and almost giving him a nervous breakdown). Until the approach within education shifts away from testing and schools being run like a business, then I’m afraid very little will change.

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