- Special school
A special school is a school catering to students who have
special educational needs, e.g. because of learning difficulties or physical disabilities. [ [http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/special%2520school.html] Definition of special school, accessed August 9, 2007] Special schools may be specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide the appropriate special education for children with additional needs.
Special schools provide individualised education, addressing specific needs. Typically
ratiosare kept low, often 6:1 or lower depending upon the needs of the children. Special schools will also have other facilities for the development of children with special needs, such as soft play areas, sensoryrooms, swimming pools, etc. which are vital for the therapy of certain conditions.
In recent times, places available in special schools are declining as more children are included in
mainstreameducation. There will always be some children however whose learning needs are not appropriately met in a mainstream setting and will require specialised education and resources to provide the level of support they require.
The Camphill special schools provide education for children with singular needs or disabilities in a community setting.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Education (Additional Support for Learning ) (Scotland) Act 2004
Mainstreaming in education
List of schools in the United Kingdom
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