Special needs warning

23rd April 2004 at 01:00
The head of the Ulster Teachers Union warned the Government of a disaster waiting to happen in schools because teachers were expected to administer medication to special needs children. Sally McKee, the union's president, said ministers should examine urgently the policy of allowing special needs children to be placed in mainstream schools without providing teachers with adequate support and training. Already 53 per cent of pupils in Northern Ireland with statements for special needs are in mainstream schools.

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