Is special needs a fad that harms children, as Francis Gilbert asserts in today's Daily Telegraph?
Make up your own mind.
In the Second Reading of the Academies Bill, Lord Low of Dalston who is also a vice-president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, informed the Lords that "Twenty-one per cent of children have some form of special educational need." (As compared with the 2.7% who have statements of special educational need.)
It strikes me that if as many as 1 in 5 of our children have 'some form of special educational need' there is something wrong with our perspective on schooling or children or special educational needs or all three.