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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

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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 ...

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