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30 Years Celebration of Inclusive Education Practice

What Allfie has achieved

Current campaign work

What you can do

It’s been 30 years since the passing of the 1981 Education Act which was the first piece of legislation that imposed a duty upon mainstream schools and local educational authorities to arrange provision that was required to support children with special educational needs to flourish. This landmark legislation created the Special Educational Needs (including the statementing) framework which remains in place 30 years on. Since then, there have been some incremental improvements in strengthening the law so that disabled children and young people (including those with special educational needs) have stronger rights in securing mainstream educational placements.  

The 1981 Education Act was introduced by the Conservative Government with full cross party support both in the House of Commons and House of Lords.    

30 years on the Coalition Government has launched an attack on inclusion by calling for a reversal of the ‘bias towards inclusive education’ under the guise of parental choice.   ALLFIE wanted to use the 30th anniversary to encourage back bench MPs to be aware of the inclusive education practice in their constituencies.  

What Allfie has achieved

Cross Party support for Early Day Motion 2481 '30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EDUCATION ACT 1981' at a time when inclusive education is under attack from the Coalition  Government.  

Current campaign work

Early Day Motion 2481 - '30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EDUCATION ACT 1981
That this House recognises the significant progress that has been made in the 30 years since the Education Act 1981 passed through Parliament with all-party support; notes that through an effective partnership between parents, schools, children and young people, education professionals and local authorities, inclusive education practice has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of disabled and non-disabled children; and believes that this legislation has played an important and positive role in building a society that values diversity and enables disabled people to realise their aspirations and make a positive contribution to society.

What you can do

Further information can be found in the following Allfie Briefings:

Allfie Briefing No. 27 September 2011

Allfie Briefing No. 28 December 2011

Allfie Briefing No. 29 February 2012

PRESS RELEASE - Allfie Calls for Dialogue Between Schools and MPs to Celebrate 30 Years of Inclusive Education Practice

30th Anniversary of 1981 Education Act

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