I WOULD like reply to Heather Causnett's letter (Ruth's right to school choice, The Press, January 11).

Heather, I am a father of four children and my eldest son has dyslexia, he is a year nine pupil at a York secondary school.

He is a bright lad, pleasant and considerate and keen to learn.

By default, and due to his condition, he is in the bottom set for all his subjects; consequently, the children that have disruptive and attention conditions and kids who don't want to learn are in his class.

As I have said, he is keen to learn and he is intelligent, but he comes home every night and breaks my heart as he tells me how he hates being in class and can't wait to get out of school. The bullying we can address, but the disruptive nature of his schooling is difficult to overcome and he is being disadvantaged because of this.

I would love to give him the best chance in the world and give him private tuition but, unlike Ruth Kelly, left, I can't afford this privilege.

Why shouldn't my son get a fair education which deals with his condition on a level playing field and gives him every opportunity that children with special needs, require and that those who can afford it get?

Andy Craven, Harlow Close, Holgate, York.