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will new school buildings really be all-inclusive?

5 November 2012

Campaign group, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) has issued a damning critique of the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme saying that pupils with disabilities could be put at risk by building specifications and template designs included as part of the programme.

ALLFIE argues that Government attempts to slash building costs by requiring reductions in the size of school buildings could hinder physically impaired children from accessing and circulating freely within new school premises.

It is claimed that the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) also shares the same concerns.

Whilst the Government maintains that the programme complies with building regulations specific to disability and meets the duties set out under the Equalities Act, until the relevant professional bodies and campaign groups are persuaded that this is the case, a degree of scepticism may remain over the Government’s commitment to inclusive education.

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