Britons protest exclusion of pupils with special needs

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London, Dec 24 (UNI) Britain teachers' leaders and opposition MPs have raised the alarm over increasing numbers of special needs children being excluded from schools.

Brushing aside the claim of the success of the policy of integrating children with disabilities into mainstream schools, new figures revealed that more than half the children being excluded from school had some special need.

''Despite only making up a fifth of the school population, more than half of those children excluded have special educational needs,'' Liberal democrat spokesperson David Laws said, adding that they risked falling behind in their education as a result of exclusion.

Despite recent warnings from Ofsted and the Parliamentary Select Committee, government policy was continuing to fail children who required extra individual support, The Independent quoted him as saying.

Experts believed that it was likely to create behavioural problems that many schools would not be able to tackle due to lack of resources.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, which campaigned against disruptive behaviour in school, said, ''the drive for inclusion can lead to these pupils and their teachers being deprived of the specialist support and advice to which they are entitled''.

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