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False sympathy for inclusion

AS learning support staff in a multi-racial school we support the principles of inclusion and of raising academic standards.

We feel strongly that unrealistic target-setting, an over-prescriptive curriculum and league tables are not sympathetic to the principle of inclusion. They negatively affect the status of children with special educational needs or those for wom English is an additional language.

We have seen such children become "unwanted" because they affect the league tables in a negative direction and we have evidence of schools refusing to take such children before national tests.

Maggie Chambers

plus 12 other signatories

Learning support co-ordinator

66 Dartmouth Road

London NW2

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