Parents 'in the dark' about school accessibility plans for disabled children

Some schools are failing in their legal duty to publicise accessibility plans setting out how they meet the needs of disabled pupils and their families.

Research from campaign group the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) has raised concerns that too many parents are in the dark about the existence of such plans, which are often “hidden away” on school websites.

Accessibility plans have been a legal requirement since 2002 and are intended to improve access, ensure teaching and assessment are appropriate for disabled children, and that parents are involved in decision-making.

The research, which is based on a series of focus groups, interviews and surveys involving around 400 disabled secondary school pupils and their parents, finds that just seven per cent of parents have been invited by schools to take part in developing accessibility plans.

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