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Look out for a miraculous drop in rates of autism

How do you reduce the costs resulting from the rising rate of autism diagnoses? Stop diagnosing it, stupid. You couldn’t make it up, but it seems that this is exactly what is underway. In one of the most spectacular attempts at shifting goalposts we have seen, cash-strapped councils are trying to avoid new autism diagnoses
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COMMENTS  |   MAY 2017


Sad stories of wasted opportunities for children in need

Buttle UK is a charity which supports disadvantaged children. One of its more imaginative and bolder initiatives has been to fund places at boarding schools for children who are thought likely to benefit from the opportunities this would provide. The project has been sensitively designed so as not to create divisions between children and
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COMMENTS  |  FEBRUARY 2017


Moving the desks won’t make the results better

The school admissions system is, apparently, now taking the blame for the lack of social mobility which is blighting opportunities and depriving the nation of much-needed talent. The Department for Education (DoE) is reportedly asking academics and think tanks to come up with a new method which will prevent schools from filtering..
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COMMENTS  |  JANUARY 2017


Parents of SEN children desert mainstream as inclusion fails them

The proportion of children with special needs being educated in mainstream schools has dropped markedly in the last ten years. This is one of the headline findings in Ofsted’s annual report (released 1st December). Parents are voting with their feet on the great inclusion idea, removing their children from mainstreams..
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COMMENTS  |  DECEMBER 2016


Councils squander SEN children’s funding?

Local authorities unjustly deny requested school places, assessments, or additional support to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in more than five out of six cases. That’s the conclusion of a BBC analysis of Ministry of Justice data, which shows that councils currently lose 86% of cases that go to the SEND Tribunal.
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COMMENTS  |  SEPTEMBER 2016

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