Our kids being failed; VIEWS.
It is unbelievable that the fourth draft of the city's special educational needs and disability document will suggest that children can be integrated into mainstream schools close to their homes to save transport costs.
What an absolute scandal this is. Not a thought has been given to the capability of the schools to teach our special needs children. Not a thought has been given to ensuring that all teachers and staff are trained correctly to deal with the needs of special needs children and not a thought has been given to the enormous costs of equipment and facilities these children will require.
I can say with hand on heart that most schools will be unable to cater for children with special needs whatsoever, having gone through the process of looking for a mainstream school capable of catering for my autistic child.
We have to be realistic here and say that special needs schools and staff are fully trained and are outstanding in the work and teaching that they do.
To dump our special needs children into mainstream schools is morally wrong. To say that they are doing so to cut back on transportation costs is morally wrong.
And Birmingham's children's services and the elected cabinet should be ashamed for suggesting it.
A J Davis, Northfield Congratulations to Mr Davis for winning the latest Letter of the Week prize.