Inclusion 'lacking support'

17th November 2000 at 00:00
SOCIAL inclusion agenda fine, support still lacking, secondary heads will emphasise this weekend at their annual conference in Crieff.

Donald Matheson, president, who is head of Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh, was yesterday set to underline the commitment of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland to the Executive's social inclusion agenda.

But he revealed continuing strains, including the conflict between raising attainment and coping with an increasing number of difficult pupils.

"I would highlight hw previously 'high tariff' youngsters in special needs provision suddenly become low or no tariff when placed in mainstream schools," he said.

Mr Matheson stressed that the pressures to reduce exclusions clash with mounting pupil indiscipline and called for "significantly enhanced training and support" for teachers.

He looked ahead to a positive outcome on the McCrone talks and forecast heads would be able to refocus on core functions, such as monitoring teaching and learning and empowering staff.

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