Posts Tagged ‘Allfie’

Blackburn College – Further Education and Inclusion

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

At a recent discussion day organised by ALLFIE, a talk by Ann Harwood centred on the educational provision at Blackburn College. This is a college which OfSTED describes as ‘outstanding’.

Ann is the ‘Additional Learning Support Manager’ at Blackburn College and during her presentation, she discussed, from her perspective, how the college worked towards creating an inclusive educational provision. (more…)

Exclusion with Inclusion? How can we tell the difference?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

If you are reading this, my guess is that you believe in inclusive education for all children and young people, however how do we know when inclusion becomes exclusion? To achieve inclusion in an inclusive setting, is educating a child outside of the classroom necessary? When and if it happens what stops it from turning into another form of exclusion? (more…)

Call to Action – Open Letter

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

An Open Letter from
The Alliance for Inclusive Education, (Allfie) to all who are concerned, about the ending of a commitment to Inclusive Education In Newham

 20th February 2013

Disability News Service (DNS) has raised the concern that Newham College is about to embark on a project, supported by Newham Council, that will result  in the segregation of hundreds of  disabled students. The national and international reputation of The London Borough of Newham, where inclusive education was assured, is in danger of being totally undermined by The Management of Newham College. (more…)

English Baccalaureate – widening the gap?

Friday, 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. (more…)

The Absurdity of ‘Removing the Bias Towards Inclusion’

Friday, 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: (more…)

Inclusion, not Integration

Wednesday, 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’. (more…)

SEN Green Paper – ‘Support and Aspiration’

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

The Wolf Report

Wednesday, 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.  (more…)

Baccalaureate target yet another barrier to inclusion?

Friday, 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. (more…)

University Fees

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Over the last couple of months, university tuition fees have rarely been out of the headlines. Whether it’s student protests or sit ins or MPs rebellions everyone has seemed to be talking about the new proposals and how they affect young people’s access to higher education but very little has been said about the impact of the changes on disabled students. (more…)