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The way we treat students with challenges is a bit fishy

There is a fine balance between helping people and creating a system of overdependence that disempowers pupils, writes one headteacher

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There is an old proverb: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This is a powerful message, rooted in the idea that education is a tool for empowering people. But I notice that there is a trend within education today, not of empowering people, but of highlighting their apparent weaknesses.

Increasingly, we are talking about the challenges pupils face around a wide range of issues, from gender to economic background. Guidance on supporting pupils to overcome these challenges is given to schools by the government and local ...

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