Look at that cheap, exploitative image from the Herald. Surely, there was one with tears too!

The equation of ‘additional support needs’ with ‘vulnerable’ is both inaccurate and an attempt to manipulate emotions.

The Herald tells us that the number of ‘specialist teachers’ has fallen by 10% in the last 8 years. In a long piece based almost entirely and uncritically on the views of the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, you have to read all the way to the bottom to see this from the Scottish Government:

‘All teachers provide support to pupils with additional support needs, not just ‘support for learning’ teachers.’

The Guardian, last year, told us that funding for such pupils had fallen by as much as 22% in 5 years, since 2015:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/apr/04/funding-pupils-special-educational-needs-send-drops-north-england

No sign of such contextual information in the Herald.