Our principles

Inclusive education is the basis of lifelong equality

Playground scene with boy in wheelchair, girl sticking her tongue out at him, and a supervisor.

“I see my daughter as an important part of the community as a whole. If you syphon off one type of child it’s making a statement about how welcome they are in the area.” Rosalind, parent.

ALLFIE believes that inclusive education is the basis of lifelong equality. Children who learn and play together will grow into adults who can understand and respect each other’s differences.

Inclusive education is based on seven principles:

  • Diversity enriches and strengthens all communities
  • All learners’ different learning styles and achievements are equally valued, respected and celebrated by society
  • All learners are enabled to fulfil their potential by taking into account individual requirements and needs
  • Support is guaranteed and fully resourced across the whole learning experience
  • All learners need friendship and support from people of their own age
  • All children and young people are educated together as equals in their local communities
  • Inclusive education is incompatible with segregated provision both within and outside mainstream education

Inclusive education is about a fundamental shift in the existing education system from seeing difference as a problem to be fixed to celebrating the diversity of learners and providing all necessary supports to enable equal participation. Read the full definition of inclusive education.

We are a rights-focused, disabled-people led, grassroots organisation, which seeks to build alliances with individuals and organisations who share our vision. Read more about who we work with.