Same Difference

The BBC’s main headline today is “Grammar Schools Must Serve Ordinary Families.” This is based on a speech by Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Let me put on record that I fully agree with her statement. However, I want to take it one step further. I believe that, in order to be fully inclusive, grammar schools must serve anyone who has the academic ability to attend them. This must include disabled children.

Disabled children like myself cannot be forgotten in the debate about whether to create more grammar schools. The article linked, which was written in December, states:

“Compared to the secondary school population as a whole, grammars contain 18 times fewer children with special educational needs or education health and care plans, and three times fewer disabled children without such documentation.”

One reason why grammar schools would be reluctant to accept pupils in wheelchairs, of course, would be that they…

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