What are special education needs?

Since the 1970s, there has been a substantial growth in arrangements set up to  look after pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs (or “SEN”).

This has been accompanied by a rising tide of superficially persuasive rhetoric – emanating from a large special needs lobby and speaking a language which is often ambiguous but which gives the appearance of being compassionate.

John Marks - Thursday, 1st June, 2000