Let’s work together to help make secondary schools more inclusive.

Thank you for taking part in this survey, which will be open until the end of February 2019.  As a professional working within the education sector, your experience is invaluable in creating an inclusive education system where all children and young people are supported to learn and participate equally.

Under the Equality Act 2010 and subsequent legislation, schools must make Accessibility Plans to enable Disabled pupils and students to make the most of their education by ensuring they can access school facilities, including the school environment, the curriculum, and information provided by the school.  However, there have been no studies to find out if Accessibility Plans are effective in helping Disabled pupils and students to feel included and part of their school communities.

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE – a Disabled people’s organisation run both by and for Disabled people) has received a grant from the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme to lead a project on the effectiveness of schools’ Accessibility Plans.  ALLFIE is working for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education. 

This project is led by a Disabled researcher, Dr Armineh Soorenian, who has experience of both segregated and mainstream education.  Armineh is committed to removing barriers so that all Disabled people can take part in an equal education system.  An advisory group of Disabled people, including a Disabled education professional, guide the direction and development of the project by sharing their experience and skills.  Through focus group discussions and this online survey, we hope to find out about people’s real-life experiences of Accessibility Plans in schools.

We are very grateful to you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Even if you don’t feel well-informed about Accessibility Plans, it would be great to hear about your experiences.  Your input has the potential to lead to real, positive and sustained change in schools, driven by education professionals.

You can come back to the survey and complete it later if you need to, as long as you use the same computer or device.  Make sure you hit the ‘next’ button at the bottom of each page to save your answers, even if you have to stop before the end.  

In accordance with DRILL’s ethical guidelines, we will anonymise any information that may be identifiable.  This questionnaire is complementary to other research methods we are using, so you can still complete it if you have participated in another way. If you have any difficulties with the format, or if you are interested in taking part in a focus group or email correspondence – as well as, or instead of, this questionnaire – please contact us at armineh.soorenian@allfie.org.uk.

If you work with more than one school, please consider the majority of the schools you work with when you are responding to questions which might prompt different answers for different schools.  There will be space to explain if there are important differences between your experiences at different schools.