New report from Relationships Foundation and 20/20health calls for a ‘flexi-schooling’ approach for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
A new jointly published report argues that a shift in priorities within education is needed to support a rising parental demand for a more flexible approach. The report highlights key inequalities faced by students with SEND – including the fact that they are twice as likely to be bullied and make up nearly half of all exclusions, despite only constituting 15% of the school population.
‘Flexi-schooling’ would mean allowing children with SEND to attend school part-time, while spending the rest of the week home-schooled. Currently, in England and Wales, parents or carers can request this approach to learning – but, in most cases, the decision to grant the request is solely down to head-teachers. The report also suggests that this approach would benefit students who do not have the adaptive capacities to cope with full-time school.
Bethany Bale, Policy & Campaigns Officer said: “Disabled students and those with long-term health conditions are consistently denied access to the same education system as their peers. The only way to change this is through new and creative methods like flexi-schooling.
Although flexi-schooling should be made available to those who require the adjustment – education responsibilities mustn’t be placed on parents when authorities choose to make school inaccessible.”
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