Children with special needs should be taught at the best schools, says council

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Essex County Council says good and outstanding schools provide the best support for children with special educational needs Essex County Council says good and outstanding schools provide the best support for children with special educational needs

Hundreds of pupils with special educational needs should be attending the district’s best schools, according to Essex County Council.

It has today released its five year plan to help youngsters with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and has named sending them to good or outstanding schools as its top priority.

Its report states: “Where schools offer good or outstanding provision, children and young people with SEND can be supported to achieve their ambitions and make good progress.”

There are currently 6,905 pupils across the county with a statement of SEN, which sets out what extra help they need.

In the Maldon district, about 200 children have statements.

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5:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Are they saying normal children should not be at the best schools then?
Are they saying normal children should not be at the best schools then? Jack222
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11:19pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Southcroft123 says...

Firstly whilst I understand your sentiment Jack222, as a mother of a bright child with a statement of special needs due to physical disability I don't like to think of my son as not "normal"!!!

Secondly I am shocked that Essex County Council feel this way given that I have been advised should my son pass the 11+ he would be expected to travel on a bus in a wheelchair alone at age 11, whereby I think it is fair to say he would be quite vulnerable, as they will only fund his transport to the nearest school .. how does that correlate with this statement?
Firstly whilst I understand your sentiment Jack222, as a mother of a bright child with a statement of special needs due to physical disability I don't like to think of my son as not "normal"!!! Secondly I am shocked that Essex County Council feel this way given that I have been advised should my son pass the 11+ he would be expected to travel on a bus in a wheelchair alone at age 11, whereby I think it is fair to say he would be quite vulnerable, as they will only fund his transport to the nearest school .. how does that correlate with this statement? Southcroft123
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