Essay on Education For Children With Sen

715 Words Nov 11th, 2014 3 Pages
Even with the implementation of various legislations, research has shown that children with SEN are achieving lower results opposed to those who do not. The Department for Education (2014) has revealed that the percentage of pupils with SEN achieving five or more GCSE’s at grade A* to C or equivalent was 30.8 percent in the previous year. Children with no identified SEN were achieving this at 89.4 percent. This questions the effectiveness of today’s education for children with SEN. Since the Warnock Report (1970), there has been substantial change in the way education (Clark et al. 1997). With the addition of statements and providing teachers with the proper training, there still does not seem to have a vast improvement on the children’s attainment. It has been argued that attitudinal barriers have a role in this.
“The biggest obstacle to disabled people’s meaningful inclusion into mainstream community life is negative public attitudes. These range from overt prejudice and hostility, condescension and pity to ignorance and indifference, and in these diverse ways they influence how we think about both ourselves and other people” (Barnes 1997: 1)
It is discrimination rather than the disability itself which affects the child’s ability to perform. Goodley (2007 cited in Goodley, 2011) argues that society assumes students to be productive, skilled individuals who are ready and willing to lead development within the classroom. This is problematic for those who need extra support…

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