Robyne Cuerel

Support, not blame needed for school

THE two special schools on the Fraser Coast are a desperately needed service, and one that parents have fought hard to protect.

Without them, our most vulnerable children would miss out on countless opportunities and vital care.

Every child has different needs, and those with disabilities have more diverse needs than most - making it a particularly complex challenge for teachers in special schools to ensure they are treating each child in the best manner.

But it's something they strive to do, every day, with limited resources.

For Lynette Nolan and Cary White, the care given to their child was unacceptable.

It may be that for another family, that care would have been considered appropriate, and knowing how dedicated special school teachers are, it's a credible scenario that the teachers thought they were doing the right thing.

The real problem here is that the family could not resolve the situation with the school to get the care they felt their son deserves.

It's not a sign of failure on the part of the school, but an indication the teachers need more support.

With the spotlight on resourcing for teachers, I hope the education department can help the school build appropriate plans for every student, no matter what their needs.



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