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Press and Briefings

For all press enquiries email Tara Flood or Simone Aspis or call 020 7737 6030.

2016 Briefings

Membership briefings

Press releases

The Government announcement that all existing local authority schools will be converted into academies by 2022 is very likely to increase disability-related discrimination, is bad for inclusion and is a fundamental breach of the Government's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Research carried out individually by the Independent Academies Commission, the Guardian and National Union of Teachers has highlighted academy schools' bad practice including the overuse of exclusions, removing SEN children from the roll at Key Stage 4 and transferring them into maintained mainstream schools. The Government's announcement alongside the recent change in the law which allows Special Academies to admit SEN children can only signal a plan to deny SEN children access to mainstream education, and is further evidence of the wider attack on inclusive education practice. Download the statement.

Parliamentary briefings

Consultation responses


2015 Briefings

Including: the General Election, the Comprehensive Spending Review, Disabled Students Allowance reforms, Education and Adoption Bill 2015, Labour Party leadership contest.

2014 Briefings

Including: Children and Families Act 2014, Disabled Students Allowance, Higher Education & Disabled Students, Local Elections Manifesto 2014, GCSE and A level changes, EBAC, The Care Bill.

2013 Briefings

Including: SEN Code of Practice consultation, International Human Rights Day, "Reclaiming Our Futures Campaign", Children and Families Bill, Key Stage 4 Qualifications reform update.

2012 Briefings

Including: Education Select Committee Report; Children and Families Bill; position papers on Academies; threat to ban Facilitated Communication; direct payments in education pilots; London Voice for Inclusive Education; Greater London Assembly elections.

Archive: briefings from 2011 and before

Including: Education Act 2011; Academies Act 2010; Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act; Legal Aid reforms; direct payments for education; UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Single Equalities proposals; Education and Skills Bill; Heading for Inclusion - Warnock Press Release; Salamanca Statement