A three-part Herald series starting today investigates why schools are struggling to cope with kids who are "wired differently". Tomorrow we report on the brain science of learning differences, and on Wednesday we ask how we could do better.

Razeal Bracken-Wall, aged 15, has spent most of what should have been his school years out of school.

His grandmother Maria Jones says he has attended five schools but only lasted more than a term or two at one of them.

"He's been locked up in cupboards and rolled in mats and put in cardboard boxes and shoved in seclusion rooms,"


Razeal's story


A growing problem

How are schools coping?

Why this matters

Wired differently