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 parent, your voice is very valuable in the drive to create more accessible, inclusive schools for your children. 

By law – since the Equality Act 2010 came into force – every school must write an Accessibility Plan to make it possible for Disabled children and young people to access school facilities and be part of their school community.  Until now, there have been no studies to find out if Accessibility Plans are effective in supporting Disabled pupils’ inclusion at school.  Only 18% of the local authorities we contacted provided information about schools’ Accessibility Plans in their area.  It’s not clear whether families are even aware of Accessibility Plans at their children’s schools.

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 parent of a Disabled child, guide the direction and development of the project by sharing their experience and skills.

With your help, we hope to find out about people’s real-life experiences of Accessibility Plans in schools. 

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 yourselves.  Help us help you to get Accessibility Plans which really work for your children and those who follow. 

We are very grateful to you for taking the time to complete this survey. We understand that, as parents, your time to contribute may be very limited, so we have prioritised the questions in order of importance.  Even if you can only find the time to complete some, it’s still really helpful to us.  You can also come back to the survey and complete it later, as long as you use the same computer or device.  Either way, 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.