Special needs go beyond rhetoric
The emphasis hitherto has been on pupils who are struggling - partly for its own sake and partly to improve school performance - and the needs of the other special group appear by comparison to have been left out in the cold. But, as campaigners for the latter are now realising, times they may be a-changing. The new rhetoric is about acknowledging creativity and enterprise, listening to pupils and emphasising ambitious, excellent young people (to coin a phrase). Special needs in all their forms should be able to capitalise on it.