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Lanlivery Special School

Special School receives a special visit.

News 1976 2 mins Silent Not rated


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The Duchess of Kent visits a school for the disabled in Lanlivery in Cornwall. The Duchess has long been involved in children's charities and even went on to teach in a Yorkshire school before setting up a music charity for children. The 1944 Education Act made it the responsibility of the local education authorities to decide whether a child needed special educational treatment. A special needs' child originally came under the Department of Health and Social Services.

After the Second World War, special schools were to be established or special classes were to be organised within the mainstream education system. By the mid-1970s, many special schools had been set up. In 1978 the Warnock Report on the Education of Handicapped Children and Young People provided the foundation for revolutionary change in thinking about the educational needs of children with disabilities and the term special educational need replaced outdated terminology. In the USA the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and 2004 recognised the need for technological resources and started a programme to equip schools specifically for the teaching of children with disabilities.