How we found the real facts

12th August 2005 at 01:00
Your front-page story "Inclusion lottery exposed" (TES, July 29), giving details of the disturbing variations in how pupils with statements are placed in special or ordinary schools across England, incorrectly states that the figures come from a government report.

They do not. The report has just been published by the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE), an independent organisation which received raw data from the Department for Education and Skills and carried out its own analysis to show the injustice of local education authorities being allowed to interpret the law in vastly different ways.

No government report has ever analysed the data in this way.

This type of analysis by CSIE has been a regular and well-respected contribution to the inclusion debate over the years.

The fact that one authority is 24 times more likely to segregate special-needs pupils than another has to be worthy of intervention by the Education Secretary.

Segregation trends - LEAs in England 2002-2004. Placement of pupils with statements in special schools and other segregated settings costs pound;15 including postage and packing. It is available from the CSIE at the address below or on the web at www.csieshopping.com

Mark Vaughan Founder and co-director, Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education New Redland Frenchay Campus Coldharbour Lane Bristol

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