On Tuesday 10th December members of the Alliance For Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) along with parents, children and young people, disabled activists and non-disabled allies lobbied the Department for Education in central London.
This was to raise awareness that during 2013 the Coalition Government has pushed through SEN reforms that will increase, even further, the numbers of disabled children and young people being forced into segregated education.
This is despite David Cameron promising parents of disabled children in 2010 that he would do all that he could to support their choice of 'inclusive' education.
Since 2010 the numbers of disabled children and young people being forced into segregated education is on the increase, despite the Government’s UNCPD Article 24 (Right to Inclusive Education) obligations to develop a fully inclusive mainstream education system.
An ALLFIE spokes person told me: "Time and time again, the Government have refused to listen to disabled people and our allies about the damaging impact the SEN reforms will have on the rights for disabled students and pupils to be included in mainstream education – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
"We must ACT NOW to tell Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Education) and the Coalition Government that there must be no return to segregation!"
ALLFIE are campaigning for the following:
• Disabled children and young people MUST have a right to be included in mainstream education.
• Disabled children and young people MUST have a right to receive support to participate in mainstream education in accessible buildings.
• The Local Offer of services MUST support disabled children and young peoples’ access to mainstream education.
• Local Authorities MUST continue to have a strategic duty to promote and develop the capacity of mainstream schools to deliver inclusive education practice as set out in the Inclusive Schooling Guidance.
Join ALLFIE’s “EDUCATE DON’T SEGREGATE” Campaign now by clicking on this link