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The Alliance for Inclusive Education says the Government's academies plan is a breach of disabled people's human rights.
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.
Including: the General Election, the Comprehensive Spending Review, Disabled Students Allowance reforms, Education and Adoption Bill 2015, Labour Party leadership contest.
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.
Including: SEN Code of Practice consultation,
International Human Rights Day,
"Reclaiming Our Futures Campaign",
Children and Families Bill, Key Stage 4 Qualifications reform update.
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.
Including: ALLFIE's Early Day Motion; Education Act 2011; Schools Admissions Code; "We Know Inclusion Works" campaign activity; Government Consultation Green Paper: "Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Need and Disability"; Building Schools for the Future court case; Equality and Human Rights Commission consultation.
Including: the Schools White Paper 2010; Legal Aid reforms; Academies Act 2010; ALLFIE meets Michael Gove; the Equality Act; ALLFIE's Inclusive Education Manifesto; Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act; Children, Schools and Families Bill; Building Schools for the Future; report 'Pushing for Change– The Role of Disabled People's Organisations in Developing Young Disabled Leaders of the Future'.
Including: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act; Queen's Speech; Equality Bill; guidance on school exclusions; Salamanca Conference on Inclusive Education; direct payments for education; Higher Education Funding Council for England consultation; UN Convention On The Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Including: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Single Equalities proposals; Education and Skills Bill; OFSTED Report Press Release; Heading for Inclusion - Warnock Press Release; Salamanca Statement