TES talks to… Professor Barry Carpenter
Despite years of campaigning, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is still unknown to many teachers, the academic and former headteacher tells Jessica Powell
The government does not have any direct teaching guidance on children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD),” reveals Professor Barry Carpenter, a three-times former headteacher and ex-director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities research project for the Department for Education. “I don’t understand why: it’s a major issue in this country.”
It’s not as if the government has not had enough time to create that guidance: Carpenter has been giving FASD a very public profile for the past 12 years.
FASD encompasses a range of birth defects and ...