Balancing rights against obligations

18th October 1996 at 01:00
In showing his concern for the rights of those disruptive pupils who are excluded from school David Hoyle negates the question of the rights of the other 30 or so pupils in the same class ("Excluded pupils are tomorrow's citizens" TES, October 4).

What happens to them when the teacher is constantly spending time and nervous energy on one pupil? What of the children who are waiting for statements of special needs due to a learning disability. This takes a considerable time in schools where there are several special needs children per class. What of the more able child who also has the right to extra help? Schools are expected to provide for all these needs with limited financial backing.

Of course all these children have rights, so do their parents. With rights come responsibilities and until the Government undertakes to fund special needs education adequately then not only will the majority suffer but disruptive pupils will continue to be excluded from schools because they simply cannot afford to fund the one to one education necessary for these and many other special needs children.

E FISHER

Aylesbury, Bucks

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now