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Officials Suggest "Inclusion Agenda" May Be Moving Too Quickly
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 22, 2002

BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND--While the government supports the principles of including students with disabilities in the general classrooms, there are grumblings coming from teachers, head teachers and parents, according to a recently-concluded study.

In the study released by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), a growing percentage of primary school teachers reported that the number of children with disabilities had risen over the past year.

Teachers said they were having to devote more time to those children. Some head teachers told researchers that the parents of other children had voiced concerns about the amount of time teachers were spending on the "special needs" students.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) added that more pupils with behavior problems would face being expelled from school if the government does not set aside more money for specially-trained staff.

"There is a danger that the inclusion agenda is being pushed too fast," said NAHT general secretary David Hart.

Related:
Special needs school pressure (BBC)

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