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The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

A couple of months ago I filled in an online questionnaire.  It’s not an out of character thing for me to do (although it has to be said that it is usually because I hope to profit from my time by being entered in a draw for some sort of Ladies Nice Clothes voucher), but this one was close to my heart in a different way.  It was a questionnaire from Mencap for parents of children with Learning Disabilities (such as Down’s syndrome) about their children’s experience in school.  They were particularly interested in experiences of mainstream school, and, as Sam stayed there until the end of Y6, I felt that I had something to contribute.

The main findings of the survey are published https://www.mencap.org.uk/news/article/parents-mainstream-schools-are-failing-our-children-learning-disability here in their press release.  Key statistics are:

  • 908 parents took part in the survey.
  • 435 reported having a child with a learning disability in…

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