Call for MSPs to scrap records of need

11th September 1998 at 01:00
RECORDS of needs are increasingly anachronistic and should be scrapped, a leading educational psychologist has suggested.

Bryan Kirkaldy, chair of the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists, says the overhaul of special needs legislation should be a priority for the Scottish parliament.

Mr Kirkaldy, principal psychologist in Fife, made his controversial call at the annual conference of educational psychologists at Riccarton yesterday (Thursday).

He said the separate recording of special needs pupils was constrained by resources and took an individualistic approach which was out of step with whole-school approaches to development planning and target-setting.

While the introduction of recording in the 1980 Education Act was a positive step forward at the time, developments since had exposed weaknesses.

"We need a more universal approach which applies to everyone rather than creating a special needs population that is separate and distinctive," Mr Kirkaldy told The TES Scotland.

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