I see that the schools' inspectors from Ofsted have issued a report that has set the veritable cat amongst the pigeons.
Ofsted claims that there has been widespread over-diagnosis of children with special educational needs, it alleges that up to 700,000 pupils have been wrongly placed in this category (50% of that category).
Ofsted allege that this is being used a cover for poor teaching, ie lower expectations and you don't need to explain failure.
Plus, as an added bonus, some schools are able to exploit this by gaining extra grants from Nanny.
Suffice to say the teaching unions are none too pleased with this.
Doubtless the media will now bring forth "case studies" from both ends of the spectrum, showing some pupils who really are in need (who have not been classified as being in need) and those who have been classified as in need as being not in need.
My humble contribution to the "chatter" is this, my partner Eva some years ago was a supply teacher in the UK. She said that whenever an Ofsted inspection was due, schools would ensure that the timetable, teaching staff, pupils etc were "managed" in such a way as to ensure that whatever impression the school wished to give Ofsted was in fact given. Those of you who recall reading the "Just William" books will recall one episode where the intelligent looking pupils at William's school were placed at the front of the class, and William at the back, in anticipation of a visit by a "great man".
Oftsed have most likely been conned at many of the schools they have visited, as to whether this invalidates the conclusion of their report (or indeed enhances it) I could not possibly say.
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