Advocacy groups say children are being left behind in phased return of special education

Thousands of children are being left behind in the phased return of special education, according to disability advocacy groups.

It follows yesterday’s announcement that special schools and classes will resume later this month at 50% capacity.

Advocacy groups say it’s welcome news for some families but it doesn’t involve many children in mainstream primary school classes or secondary students.

Adam Harris from autism charity, As I Am, says that’s disappointing.

“One of the things that is very regrettable is students with additional needs in mainstream, many of them have significant support needs and haven’t been able to learn online are not included in this announcement.

“No child with additional needs in secondary school is included.

“For children with the most complex needs in special schools 50% attendance simply won’t go far enough.”


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