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Education, disability and social policy

Steve Haines, David Ruebain
Paperback, 208 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
08 Jun 2011


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"This book is a powerful contribution to the literature on education, disability and social policy in the UK, of interest to practitioners, experts, and parents alike."
Patrick Diamond, Senior Research Fellow, Policy Network
"This book seeks to identify and analyse a range of significant issues and questions concerning the position and experiences of disabled people in education and society generally. It highlights some of the complex, contentious and contradictory ideas and practices that are currently integral to the system of policy and provision within education and society generally. It contains a wealth of ideas, insights and questions and should be of interest to all those concerned with the well-being of all learners."
Len Barton, Executive Director of IDRIS, Emeritus Professor of Inclusive Education, University of London.

About This Book

Disability is an increasingly vital contemporary issue in British social policy especially in education. Education, disability and social policy brings together for the first time unique perspectives from leading thinkers including senior academics, opinion formers, policy makers and school leaders. Key issues covered include: law and international human rights frameworks; policy developments for schools and school leaders; educational inequalities for disabled children and young people and curriculum design and qualifications changes for children who are being failed by the current education system. The book is a milestone in social policy studies, of enduring interest to students, academics, policy makers, parents and campaigners alike. 

Author Biography

David Ruebain is Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the equality organisation for the UK higher education sector. He was formerly Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former Head of Education and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors. Steve Haines was formerly Head of Policy at the Disability Rights Commission and consultant on young disabled people in education to the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and the QCA Curriculum Futures Programme.


Introduction ~ David Ruebain and Steve Haines
Part one: Foundations: Education, disability and the law ~ Cherie Booth QC
Human rights and education: international perspectives ~ Judith Heumann
Children's voice and experiences "The School that I'd like" ~ Ann Lewis
Part two: Contexts, challenges and possibilities: How to lead inclusive schools ~ Nigel Utton
The local context: inter-agency collaboration ~ Peter Gray
Transition ~ Alan Dyson
Part three: The challenges for policy makers: Autism and education ~ Amanda Batten
Inclusive curricula, inclusive assessment: the challenge to knowledge and its measurement ~ Olga Miller, Rory Cobb and Paul Simpson
Widening participation in higher education ~ Sheila Riddell
Disability and the family ~ Philippa Russell
New perspectives ~ Anne Borsay
Part four: Conclusions: Conclusion ~ David Ruebain, Steve Haines and Len Barton.


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