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School red tape blunder.

Byline: BARRY GIBSON

BUREAUCRATS have listed a school with six times more children with special needs than the actual figure.

Seven of the 82 pupils at Hartshead Junior and Infant School infant school
n. Chiefly British
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infant school
Noun

(in England and Wales) a school for children aged between 5 and 7

Noun 1.
 have special needs.

But Key Stage 2 results released by the Government last week claim the school has 43 children with special needs.

Head teacher Jim Lewis Jim Lewis may be a short form of James Lewis, or may refer to:
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  • Jim Lewis (baseball player), a former Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees pitcher
 said: "I'm very disappointed about this. We've already had calls from parents who are concerned about their children coping in a school where more than half the pupils have special needs. This could be quite damaging for us." Last week's Key Stage 2 results correctly showed that 87 of Hartshead pupils achieved Level 4 at English and 93% at maths and science.

But Mr Lewis said these true results had been distorted by the special needs blunder. He said: "If we had 43 special needs children then it would be quite something to have such a high percentage achieving Level 4. We'd be getting an invite to Downing Street Downing Street, Westminster, London, England. On the street are the British Foreign Office and, at No. 10, the residence of the first lord of the Treasury, who is usually (although not necessarily) the prime minister of Great Britain. ." Mr Lewis has no faith in the testing system.

He said: "If you can't trust the data what can you trust? The sooner they scrap the Key Stage 2 tests the better, they're a waste of money and they distort the curriculum." Mr Lewis advised parents to treat Key Stage 2 test results with caution.

He said: "With only 15 children taking the test, our results will go up and down so parents need to take the data with a pinch pinch,
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quid in Britain.
 of salt. They need to come in and see the school."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2009
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