Limited Connexions in special schools

    Some special schools are hindering disabled young people’s use of
    Connexions support, according to research.

    The study, by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities,
    finds that many disabled young people attending special schools do
    not have the same access as non-disabled young people to support
    from a Connexions personal adviser.

    Nic Rowland-Crosby, one of the report’s authors said that many
    special schools felt they could offer support themselves. Access
    was also restricted by a lack of resources, with personal advisers
    in special schools tending to have large caseloads. But, he said,
    targeted independent support was needed.

    The report highlights a failure by some schools and Connexions
    partnerships to recognise that young, disabled people have similar
    problems to non-disabled young people and need the same range of
    support.

    The two-and-a-half year project covered five areas in England and
    consulted 120 young, disabled people, including those with learning
    difficulties and mental health problems.

    – Developing Connexions from www.learningdisabilities.org.uk

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