Does the Special Educational Needs system require an overhaul?
Ofsted says thousands of pupils in England are being wrongly labelled as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) when what they require is better teaching and support. Is the system working?
More than a fifth of school pupils in England have been identified as having a special educational need but Ofsted say the term is being used too widely and up to 25% of these just need better teaching and pastoral support.
The National Union of Teachers say the claims were "insulting and wrong". Its deputy general secretary told the BBC the report overlooked pressures on teachers and was "softening up the public to cuts to SEN budgets".
Is the current system labelling too many children with an SEN? Are pressures on teachers leading to increased numbers of SEN pupils? Are you a parent or teacher? What changes, if any, would you make to the system?
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