Educate, Don’t Segregate
Our campaign to oppose policies and legislation which undermine inclusion
“Mainstream schools have a lot of targets to achieve which affects their ability to focus on children with additional needs. The children who are not ticking the boxes are sidelined to special schools.” (Adele, parent)
ALLFIE’s “Educate Don’t Segregate” work campaigns against legislation and polices which undermine disabled pupils’ and students’ right to inclusive education as outlined in Article 24 of the UN Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The UNCRPD committee have made it very clear that UK education and equality legislation do not comply with Article 24 because they allow segregated education. There is no evidence that segregated education benefits society as a whole. You can read about people’s experiences of it on our How Was School microsite.
Recent campaigning work has included opposing plans for more grammar schools. By definition, selecting children by academic ability discriminates against children with SEN. We’re pleased to say that the government has now dropped these proposals, but the whole thrust of education policy, with schools measured mainly on their ability to achieve academic results, continues to make inclusion more and more difficult and force children out of the mainstream.