False sympathy for inclusion

17th March 2000 at 00:00
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

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today