Give me a chance!
This project seeks to combat disability discrimination in education. Disabled children are often sent to separate “special” schools, in the name of their own good. It has been argued that more inclusive schools will lead to a more inclusive society. CSIE projects help develop more inclusive schools.
January 2013 - September 2013
Centre For Studies On Inclusive Education Limited
This project seeks to close a significant gap between education policy and practice. Current and previous governments have promised parents a choice of whether their child goes to an ordinary or separate “special” school. However, no action has been taken to enable ordinary schools to respond to the full diversity of learners. This leaves some parents without a choice. Offering the choice without developing the provision is like issuing a ticket and keeping the door locked.
We will work with parents and school practitioners to develop a resource for schools. This will: a) respond to common reservations about including disabled children in ordinary local schools; b) offer examples of good practice; and c) give practical tips and list sources of support. We will seek to make this available in electronic and hard copy format. The benefits will be twofold: it will help generate attitudinal change and support the practical change that needs to take place.
Produce and distribute booklet to support learning & participation of disabled children in schools.
Activities» Consult with parents of disabled children whose choice of mainstream school has not been honoured, to find out what reasons they have been given.
» Consult with schools on perceived barriers to disabled children’s learning and participation in ordinary local schools (online and focus groups).
» Consolidate collection of case studies of good inclusive practice.
» Produce draft materials and pilot these, to ensure their usefulness to parents and schools.
Success will be...
“Give me a chance” booklet published by September 2013 and distributed to all schools, generating positive feedback from users.
“The person within the disabled person is always unnoticed because their physical demands are so immense and often glaring” From autobiography of M. Chib: One little finger (2011, Sage), speaking of her experience of disability.
This project has been developed in direct response to the (current and previous) government’s promise of parental choice. It is consistent with national and international legislation on disabled children’s rights and will help facilitate systemic, sustainable change.
• Enabling full choice for all parents may be considered unnecessary or unrealistic by some (high risk). Project publicity will highlight children’s rights and clearly indicate that our fundamental aim is to enable parents to exercise choice, where choice has been promised.
• Staff turnover (low risk). CSIE staff are engaged and committed. Should a member of staff have to leave, we can call upon a wide network of associates; CSIE’s director will provide stability and continuity to the project.
CSIE will produce an end of project report and make this available to all donors. We will also respond to requests from major donors for interim reports.
Budget - Project Cost: £26,790Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,360 web costs Developing and running online survey £2,160 consultation Holding 2 focus group meetings with parents £2,160 consultation Holding 2 focus group meetings with school staff £4,230 development Gathering case studies and drafting resource £1,470 pilot Piloting draft materials in two regions £5,330 production Design and printing costs £10,080 dissemination Distributing a copy to each school in the country
This project will be delivered at national level.
1) Disabled children and young people. Our project will improve their life chances by ensuring better educational outcomes, greater self confidence and reduced social isolation.
2) Parents who want to exercise their child's right to mainstream education. Currently many have to fight lengthy bureaucratic battles, sometimes in vain. Our project will empower them by offering information and negotiating tools and, therefore, improve their well-being.
CSIE has a reputation for existing at the cutting edge of educational change; has established a strong track record of providing practical resources for schools; has the necessary internal capacity and additional access to expert know-how; and has firmly established networks of communication and processes for dissemination of the materials generated by this project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Artemi Sakellariadis (CSIE Director)
Artemi taught in special schools for many years, has researched teachers’ perspectives on inclusion and is an experienced writer and project manager.
Em Williams (CSIE Campaigner)
Em joined CSIE in 2010, also holds BA (hons) and PhD qualifications and is a keen advocate of human rights.
Sarah Hobbs (CSIE Administrator)
Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and brings to CSIE a wealth of experience from IT, financial and administration background.