Insight for Sunday 15 August 2010
A crucial review of special education is about to hit the Cabinet table.
At present the vast majority of students, with special needs - approximately 76 000 - are educated in a regular school setting.
However 2,500 students still attend one of the country's 34 special schools.
Are these an out-of-date provision? Should they be closed or does mainstreaming negatively impact on the learning of other pupils?
Penny MacKay looks at the options on the table.