History of Special Education

Some of the schools we are working with are over 100 years old.

They were some of the first ever special schools.

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 couldn’t go to school.

The law changed in 1970.

After that, the government guaranteed everyone would go to school.

We are looking at how special schools have changed over the last 50 years.

Not everyone with a Learning Disability goes to a special school,
but we think they offer very important support for the community of people that go to them.


Pioneers of special education in Birmingham

The Life of Dame Ellen Pinsent
Clara Martineau

We have made plain language that is easy to read the default on this website. We have also written a longer version for any who'd like to read a more in-depth account.