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Reasonable adjustments in the education sector: are they happening?

02 October 2018

Reasonable adjustments and their effectiveness in education and training post Equality Act 2010.

This is a small DRILL funded research project led by the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The project is investigating a measure that exists in English law to test its effectiveness as a driver of inclusive education for disabled pupils and students.

The research is focusing on identifying emerging gaps or trends between what is set out in law regarding Accessibility Plans and the practice of education providers. An example is a reported increase in requests for disabled pupils and students to transfer into special rather than mainstream education or training. The research findings are hoping to explain this shift.

As part of the project, ALLFIE have written a blog, which also highlights  a series of focus groups in four regions in England – concentrating on Leeds, London, Bristol and Manchester. In each location, there will be three focus groups: one for Disabled young people and children, one for parents of Disabled learners, and one for educators and professionals. The focus groups will be held in October and November 2018, starting in Leeds.

Dates and times – Leeds focus groups:

  • Parents – Monday 8th October, 11:00-13:00
  • Disabled children & young people – Wednesday 10th October, 16:00-18:00
  • Educators and professionals – Friday 12th October, 16:00-18:00 

Location: John Lewis Community Hub meeting room, Leeds City Centre, Victoria Gate, Harewood St, Leeds LS2 7AR

Further groups will be held in other regions throughout England in autumn. Even if you don’t feel well-informed about Accessibility Plans, why not get involved and share your own experiences.

If you are interested in getting involved in the focus groups, or would like more information about the project, please contact Armineh.Soorenian@allfie.org.uk

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