Therapy could find lost children

7th January 2005 at 00:00
The education system is failing thousands of excluded children, says the Office for Standards in Education, so Government says ex-soldiers should deal with "the unruly". Can we get real, please?

Over 80 per cent of those excluded from school have special needs, according to the Audit Commission. Many have the "hidden disability" of speech and language impairment that causes disaffection, frustration and under-achievement.

What we need are more speech and language therapists because that is what people at the sharp end say. Sir David Ramsbotham, former chief inspector of prisons, quotes a governor of a young offenders' secure unit saying: "If I had to get rid of my staff, last out of the door would be the speech therapist because she's the one who can help these lads the most."

Communication is central to keeping children and young children and young adults in the learning process. With appropriate support many of Ofsted's 10,000 "lost children" would be found again if the system would produce the resources to engage them.

Linda Lascelles. Chief executive, AFASIC 50-52 Great Sutton Street London EC1

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


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