Crisis looms as special school fees soar (by David Henderson)

 

Tough regulation under the Children Act and improved local authority provision for damaged and disadvantaged children is jeopardising the future of some independent special schools. Lendrick Muir School at Rumbling Bridge in Perth and Kinross, which specialises in dyslexia and learning difficulties, is the first casualty and will close this summer. Government inspectors last November delivered a damning verdict on the 30-pupil school's accommodation, management and curriculum. Councils have since cut the number of placements.

It was the banks that finally pulled the plug on the Edinburgh-based charitable trust that has provided specialist education in a country retreat for more than 10 years. It was previously a List G school for maladjusted pupils unable to cope with mainstream schools. The building will be sold.

 

TImes Educational Supplement February 6 1998

 

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