6 Jul '14

News The special educational needs reforms are a lost opportunity

Headmaster Barry Huggett on why he feels that education, health and care plans will benefit students with severe disabilities but not those with language-based problemsBarry Huggett is headmaster of More House School in Surrey and chairs the special needs committee of the Independent Schools Council.The wall of Barry Huggett's office is lined from floor to ceiling with neat rows of files one for each of his 460 children. They're packed with letters from staff detailing students' needs: reports from occupational therapists, educational psychologists and speech and language therapists, to name a few. The school, which Huggett has led for some 20 years, only admits students with language-based problems such as dyslexia though, as he points out, teachers rarely refer to a child's label. Continue reading...

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