Sep 232018

Call for Participants:

Do you feel your secondary school is inclusive?  Are there Accessibility Plans in place?  Tell us about your experiences.

By law, schools should make Accessibility Plans to enable Disabled children and young people to access school facilities and make the most of their education.

However, there have been no studies to find out if Accessibility Plans help Disabled pupils to feel included and part of their school communities.

ALLFIE (Alliance For Inclusive Education) has received funding from the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) grants programme to lead a project on the effectiveness of schools’ Accessibility Plans.

In October 2018, we will be holding focus groups in North East England for:

  • Disabled young people and children
  • Parents of Disabled learners
  • Educators and professionals

Further groups will be held in London, Bristol and Manchester at the end of October and in November.

We will use these discussion groups to find out about any gaps between what the law says and people’s real-life experiences in schools.

Dates and times (Leeds):

Parents – Monday 8th October, 11:00-13:00

Disabled children & young people – Wednesday 10th October, 16:00-18:00

Educators and professionals – Friday 12th October, 16:00-18:00


John Lewis Community Hub meeting room, Leeds City Centre

Victoria Gate, Harewood St, Leeds LS2 7AR

If you would like to be kept informed about further discussion groups to be held in London, Bristol and Manchester, please email me and I will send you up-to-date information.

Even if you don’t feel well-informed about Accessibility Plans, why not get involved and share your experiences with us?  Help us help you to get Accessibility Plans which really work.

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the project researcher, Dr Armineh Soorenian, at:


Many thanks for considering taking part in our project.


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