Schools for special needs should close down, urges charity

A charity for disabled young people is calling for all special schools for disruptive pupils to be closed, in a week when a teachers' union called for their expansion.

Teaching union NASUWT last week condemned as "disastrous" the Government's policy of educating pupils with learning difficulties or serious behavioural problems in mainstream schools.

Inclusion was being used as a way of avoiding investment in expensive facilities for pupils with special educational needs, the conference heard.

But Parents for Inclusion's chief executive Diana Simpson said exclusion of disruptive pupils was not the right solution: "We appreciate that some teachers may seem powerless, but casting-off is not the answer.

"We recommend the closure of all special schools, and instead all the resources they use to support pupils to be diverted into mainstream schools so that they can support the inclusion of these same pupils."

- This article was corrected on 7 May 2014. The quote from Parents for Inclusion was originally attributed to Kea Horvers, operations director at the charity. Horvers has since said that the quote should have been attributed to Diana Simpson, the charity’s chief executive at the time, who has since died."

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