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The Slap of National Standards; How National Standards Made Me Cry.

National Standards reporting of Special Needs Schools’ data has left some parents very upset indeed….

Autism & Oughtisms

My son attends a special school, in both senses of the word: It is for special needs students, and it is an amazing school in its own right, staffed by caring, dedicated, highly trained teachers and therapists. I love his school, and so does the Education Review Office (ERO). The ERO’s report on my son’s school is glowing, and uplifting and very encouraging, which is not something I’ve regularly come across in ERO reports of the many other schools I’ve researched. However, according to recently released data, 100% of the students at this amazing school, are failing National Standards for reading, writing and maths.

Reading that set of data, was like a slap in the face, for a whole host of reasons. It was the first I’d heard that my son – as necessarily part of the 100% – is well below meeting any of the standards. I was quite…

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