The legacy of invisibility


Over the course of the last six years, the Special Education sector has experienced an imbalanced degree of attention from the political classes. On the one hand we have been overwhelmed by change, but on the other underwhelmed by interest. The state has expended hundreds of millions of pounds, but little in the way of care. The focus has been on the systems and legislation but not the young people themselves. And this has consequences.

One of the more obvious results of political disinterest in the education of children with learning disabilities is an absence of appropriate teacher training routes. Currently we fail to universally provide an equal opportunity and place an equal value on training experiences in Special schools and the data on how many teachers we need isn’t even held. This is coupled with a lack of intellectual investment in the systems which evaluate the quality of education…

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