Specialist ethos is not inclusive

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
THE Government's laudable drive towards inclusion will be sabotaged by its policy to promote specialist schools.

As an Office for Standards in Education inspector evaluating inclusion, I need to consider if any group of pupils is disadvantaged.

If those pupils with an aptitude for, say, sport are to be favoured, then, inevitably, those whose aptitudes are elsewhere must be disadvantaged.

Similarly, if Christian schools proliferte, those pupils who have other or no religious beliefs are bound to have their needs less well provided for.

My own daughter has been disadvantaged by attending a language college. Seeking a career in the performing arts, she has suffered underfunded music teaching while resources have been ploughed into teaching Japanese.

Inclusion and preferential treatment are mutually exclusive.

Ray Treeman

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