ABSTRACT

Our school is one of eight primary schools in a town which is situated on the border of two Greater London boroughs. It serves a mixed social area but with a majority of families in local authority housing. There is a very high proportion of families who receive welfare support due to unemployment, single-parent status or low income. Of the eight schools, four of them have very significantly higher proportions (i.e., greater than 40 per cent by audit) of children with special educational needs (SEN). This reflects the degree of social disadvantage that exists within the catchment area of the town. In the case of our own school, the total number of children who appear on the LEA's audit for SEN amounts to 68 per cent of the total number of pupils in the school and of these, more than half have a combination of both learning difficulty and behaviour problems.