A three-part Herald series starting today investigates how our schools are struggling to cope with kids who are "wired differently". The effects of education failure can be lifelong - and even fatal.

Children who die in accidents or suicides before they turn 25 are about 100 times more likely than their peers to have been forced out of school.

The Auckland District Health Board's child and youth mortality review group has found 43 per cent of young Aucklanders who died between the ages of 10 and 24 from non-medical causes had been stood down from school.

The study dramatises the high stakes of failure in an education system that is struggling to cope with growing numbers of children whose brains are "wired differently" - children with conditions such autism, dyslexia and attention

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