THE HISTORY OF
Education is Special is an oral history project. We talked to people about the last fifty years. We also think it is important to understand what happened before that.
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Until 1970 there were not enough places in schools for everyone with a Learning Disability. Some people got letters saying their child was “ineducable” and they couldn’t go to school.
Many more special schools open. This law said the government must give everyone a place at school.
The government have made other changes since then.
PIONEERS OF SPECIAL
EDUCATION IN BIRMINGHAM
On the next page you will see the stories of three women who all played an important role in special education in Birmingham. Teaching has traditionally been quite a female-dominated profession. Three of the four schools we worked with now have female Head Teachers.