March 6th, 2013
A recent report looking at the illegal exclusion of disabled pupils paints a bleak picture. But campaigners say that it could be the tip of the iceberg.
More than 50 per cent of the families with a disabled child who participated in Contact a Family’s Falling Through The Net report said that they had been asked to collect their child before the end of the school day because of a lack of support staff.
The report also found that more than 50 per cent of families had been told that a school activity or trip was unsuitable for their disabled child.
Unlike formal exclusions, schools do not have to report these sorts of exclusions to the local authority. It is not subject to review or external monitoring and can drag on indefinitely.
The report put the weekly level of illegal exclusions at almost 25 per cent and the daily figure at 15 per cent.
Read full article, including what ALLFIE had to say here: http://disabilitynow.org.uk/article/illegal-exclusions-school-bad-report
February 29th, 2012
Everybody seems to be talking about the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.
I started reading Nicholas Nickleby on my new gadget at Christmas. For someone who can only use one hand I have put off reading any big books long ago. My gadget solved that.
Into the second chapter and enter the Muffin Company, a great ruse for making money that wasn’t really there (modern day parallels, Fanny Mae and RBS, abound). Read the rest of this entry »
August 5th, 2011
With exam results arriving in the next couple of weeks the UK is full of very nervous teenagers. While the current system has no real flexibility for disabled learners, the Commons Education Select Committee is worried that recent proposals by the government to focus students attention on achieving 5 qualifications in English, Maths, two Sciences, History or Geography and a Modern or Ancient Language will negatively affect students as it is likely less money will be given to other subjects like art and ITC. Read the rest of this entry »
July 15th, 2011
For all inclusionists, the cornerstone aim of the Government’s SEN policy – removing the bias towards inclusive education – is absurd.
A short word-play with the definition of inclusion soon shows where this absurdity lies.
There are several meanings embedded in the concept of inclusion – all of them important and, once named, none of them are really open to much serious debate about their place as core values in a civilised society. Let’s look at a few of the meanings that the concept of inclusion carries: Read the rest of this entry »
May 11th, 2011
A few days ago we had an open meeting of members and supporters to discuss ALLFIE’s response to the current SEN Green paper ‘Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’. Read the rest of this entry »
April 6th, 2011
A few weeks ago the government launched the ‘Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs & Disability’ Green Paper and opened its consultation. In the paper it talks about removing the ‘bias in favour of inclusion’ but in ALLFIE’s experience there is no bias, in fact many parents and young people still have to fight to access mainstream education provision. Read the rest of this entry »
March 9th, 2011
This week a report commissioned by the government has come out which calls for a decreased emphasis on vocational courses. The Wolf Report suggests that students under 16 should focus on academic subjects and that vocational courses should not be counted on school league tables. Read the rest of this entry »
January 21st, 2011
Over the last couple of weeks you may have seen news reports referring to the Baccalaureate target, a new league table target introduced by the coalition government as an indication of secondary school success rates. Read the rest of this entry »