Originally Posted by Qwertyminger
The issue with reduced timetables is that the school don't have the staff to manage the child. Usually this is the situation when the student can be physically difficult or unpredictable.
The best thing imo would be for these children to be absolutely welcomed into the "mainstream" school system with open arms at 4/5 years old. School should be a magic place where they spend most of the day roaming beautiful (safe) outdoor areas and picking and choosing from activities they enjoy indoors. It should all be child-led. That's the Finnish and Dutch system.
Instead we force them to sit down and write and be quiet. No wonder by the time they're 7 or 8 they're sick shyte of it. *Mod Snip* even though it doesn't make our education system better, we keep copying the English one with our methods of punishment and discipline instead of inspiration and play-based learning.
Special schools exist because they don't want to spend money to hire SNAs to assist every child with special needs, even though it would hugely benefit them.
Write to your local councillors, set up your own schools, this is the only way we can get the system to change.
Special schools have a wide range of therapeutic resources that would be impossible to replicate in each mainstream school. A special class would have 6 children , against 30 in mainstream.
The curriculum for special schools is vastly different to what is taught in mainstream.
Inclusion is more than a chair in a room.
The infant rooms in most schools use Aistear , which is play based.