30 March 2015
Government reforms and austerity measures are endangering the education of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), says a new report published today (Monday) by the TUC.
The report Disabled Workers and Students in Education also says that reforms have reversed progress being made towards an educational system that welcomes and respects disabled staff.
The TUC report looks first at the experience of disabled teaching staff in the UK and then at the effects of various changes to the SEND system. Responses from trade union surveys illustrate the points raised by the report.
The study identifies a number of key reasons for the decline in progress in the area of SEND:
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“It is clear that the government’s austerity policy is jeopardising the educational opportunities for young people with special needs and disabilities.
“And it’s not just the students that are suffering. Disabled teachers are facing discrimination and soaring stress levels as a result of the government’s continuous changes to the structure of the school system and the curriculum.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Union survey 2014 information supplied by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the University and College Union (UCU) and the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)
- The report Disabled Workers and Students in Education is available at: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Disabledworkersandstudentsineducation.docx
- There are 1.5 million pupils across the UK with SEND, which accounts for 18 per cent of the total school population
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