The announcement yesterday that Becta (responsible for technology in schools) is to be scrapped as part of the Government’s £6 billion of efficiency savings is a huge blow to disabled children in mainstream schools.
So despite David Cameron’s promise on national TV to meet with the parents of disabled children who attend mainstream schools, and Channel 4’s FactCheck which showed that the PM didn’t know the contents of his own manifesto with regard to the treatment of disabled children, the Lib Dem-Conservative agreement has taken on board the Tory pledge to “remove the bias toward inclusion” of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in mainstream schools
A church school’s refusal to admit a wheelchair-bound child highlights important questions of access, inclusion and the duties of both voluntary-aided schools and the whole education sector, says the parent involved.
Britain's schools, including those run by faith groups, talk of inclusion. But Jonathan Bartley's son Samuel has found that the church and education authorities are reluctant to put their money where their mouth is.