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LETTERS: YOUR VIEWS; Education document is just about money.

I AM writing in response to Coventry education department's document - the preliminary consultation on primary age provision for moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

I made a list of pros and cons in relation to inclusion of moderate learning difficulties children in mainstream schools.

The pro; the council will fulfil its equal opportunities policy.

The cons: The MLD children will probably be bullied.

Who will get the teachers attention? The bright child, the child with a behavioural problem or the child who hasn't got a clue and has not gained any confidence.

Untrained and unqualified staff will be attached to the child. There would be no parental choice.

At the end of the day, it seems to be all about money! As it is cheaper to send four-year olds to reception class in school instead of nursery, it is cheaper to send MLD children to mainstream school instead of special school.

May I add I am an NNEB qualified nursery nurse, the mother of a four- year-old mainstream child and the auntie of an MLD boy who has thrived at Three Spires School.

Ms L Coe, Whitmore Park Road, Holbrooks.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 29, 2000
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