If you are like most parents, you want your child to be happy.
But if you are the parent of a child with learning difficulties, you may have found this desire frustrated by the problems inherent in the mainstream school setting. The class size may be 20 or 30. Teachers may lack the appropriate training and experience with special needs. Achievement may be measured in targets and national norms. Getting individualised help may be elusive if not impossible.
You will know the cost of such difficulties for your child. Unhappiness. Frustration. Poor attendance. You may also be particularly concerned by your child’s lack of confidence, poor self image and increasing anxiety.
These concerns may prompt some vital and fundamental questions. What kind of school do you want for your child? What would be its chief characteristics? What of class sizes? The qualifications of teachers? The pastoral sense? Will the school be able to help the child develop all that is best within him or her? And will it genuinely care? In essence, what kind of environment do you want so that your child may be happy and, indeed, happy in learning?