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Rough and the smooth

LAURA BOWDEN, director of the Equity Group in Scotland, described the route to mainstreaming for those with learning difficulties as a journey "which sometimes goes smoothly, sometimes not". She added: "Whatever happens, we are travelling in the right direction."

Ms Bowden, speaking at the annual conference of the Equity Group, warned: "Full inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream can and does work, but only where there is co-operation, training and a reallocation of resources.

"Only when that happens will inclusion work, and only where it works every time will we all be doing our jobs properly."

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