Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire special needs school admissions investigated

Allegations that some Lincolnshire schools are discouraging applications from children with special needs are to be investigated by the county council.

It follows complaints that some teachers had used "subtle methods" to dissuade certain pupils from applying.

Parents are being urged to share with Lincolnshire County Council their experiences of finding a school.

Councillor Colin Davie, who will sit on the investigating panel, said it was important that people came forward.

He said the council wanted to hear from parents who had encountered problems when applying to schools in the county.

Mr Davie added it also wanted to speak to any head teachers who had evidence that their school's applications from children with special needs had gone up considerably.

"We want to hear from anybody that can help us come up with a report that has firm facts and information," he said.

Earlier, 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.

The Conservative-led authority decided a scrutiny committee should investigate the allegations at a meeting on Thursday.

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