PRIMARY school pupils in Hounslow are over-tested and there is too little support for those with special educational needs, according to the results of a survey published this week.

The questionnaire, returned by 14 of the borough's 60 primary schools, asked headteachers their views on everything from funding to government bureaucracy.

Respondants agreed that children are over-tested and 11 called for league tables to be scrapped, with the rest saying they should be reformed.

Most (nine) felt too many children with high special educational needs (SENs) were included in mainstream education, with just four disagreeing, while the lack of support for SEN pupils was one of the main areas in which heads felt the school system was failing our youngsters.

Thirteen schools said their performance has improved in the last five years and 11 agreed that schools have improved nationally during that period.

But only half the schools felt they had enough money to finance their 'key priorities', while eight complained of government bureaucracy.

The survey also raised fresh concerns about the impact of cuts to Hounslow Language Service (HLS), which supports hundreds of children with English as an additional language.

The move was opposed by 11 schools, but Councillor Robert Oulds, executive member for children's services and education, said schools had been consulted about cuts to HLS and many said they didn't value the service.

The survey was organised by Hounslow Lib Dems.