Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Half of special needs children misdiagnosed in British Schools

Big news on the truck radio as I drove to work today...

"As many as half of all the children identified as having special educational needs are wrongly diagnosed and simply need better teaching or pastoral care instead, a report published today finds." [emphasis added]

The report from the Guarian is here.

"Ofsted found that about half the schools and nursery providers visited used low attainment and relatively slow progress as their principal indicators of SEN. In nearly a fifth of these cases very little further assessment took place."

Response from the educational union was that the report was "insulting" (duh!) and wrong. Surely, there will be more to come.
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