ALLFIE’s record of success in influencing policy and legislation in favour of inclusive education
- ALLFIE’s work at the United Nations helped secure an unequivocal right to Inclusive Education as part of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- The Children & Families Act 2014 remains committed to a ‘presumption for mainstream’ principle as a result of ALLFIE’s work with politicians and civil servants. It is also down to ALLFIE’s efforts that Further Education and apprenticeships are now included in this legal principle.
- Setting up and facilitating an Inclusion Champions Network for Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) focused on campaigning for inclusive education and support for capacity building to work with Disabled children & young people and their families.
- ALLFIE’s work with the Greater London Authority has resulted in the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, signing up to the London DPO Manifesto, which includes ALLFIE’s asks for inclusive education and apprenticeships.
- ALLFIE’s work on apprenticeships influenced the outcome of the recent Maynard Taskforce and the government’s agreement to prioritise creating flexibility in Maths & English success measures. ALLFIE highlighted the current measures as a significant barrier to Disabled young people achieving a successful apprenticeship and the government has listened.
- Our threat of legal action forced the government to review their ‘exceptional cases process’ plans for Disabled Students Allowance.
- ALLFIE successfully presented detailed evidence to the UN Disability Committee for the scrutiny of the UK government in August 2017. The Committee’s concluding observations have highlighted the UK government’s failings to implement all convention articles, particularly Article 24, which supports inclusive education.