Complaints over Lincolnshire special needs school admissions

A council has received complaints that some schools in Lincolnshire are trying to dissuade applications from pupils with special needs.

Lincolnshire County Council said it had received reports some teachers had used "subtle methods" to discourage certain pupils from applying.

Councillor John Hough said government targets were to blame for the problem.

He said schools were under "constant pressure" to perform at higher levels.

Mr Hough, vice chairman of the council's children and young people's committee, said some schools believed they could improve their performance by excluding children they knew would not perform to the required standard.

He said the council had received reports some pupils attending open evenings were told by teachers a particular school may not be suitable for them.

The Conservative-led authority will meet on Thursday to decide whether a scrutiny committee should investigate the allegations.

Debbie Barnes, assistant director of children's services, said: "We don't have any hard evidence to show that children are being discriminated against.

"But a scrutiny committee would enable members to talk to parents and discuss their experiences," she said.

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