'No agenda to close special schools'

2nd May 2003 at 01:00
In March, a document from the Government's special schools working group recommended increasing teacher and pupil movement between the special and mainstream sectors, and extending the exchange of professional knowledge.

In response, the minister for school standards and early years, Baroness Ashton, said: "We are committed to developing a more inclusive education system, with disabled children and those with special educational needs having more opportunity to learn and play in a mainstream setting. Special schools have an important role in making inclusion work by linking with mainstream schools.

"Inclusion is not an agenda to close special schools. I want special schools to be centres of expertise, working with mainstream schools and the wider community."

"The right of parents - where their children have a statement - to make a positive choice and express a preference for a special school place is being fully maintained."

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