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Inclusive Education

The Centre for Welfare Reform believes that our education system should be fully inclusive of all learners in their local community mainstream settings with the supports they deserve and need. There should be an end to segregation of children and young people in special education and alternative provision settings. All educational opportunities should be of the highest quality for all young people whatever their identity or difference.

We fully endorse the manifesto of the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) which focuses on realising the rights of ALL disabled people to mainstream education with all necessary supports and adjustments within an inclusive education system. 

It sets out six demands, which would move us from the present situation to a fully inclusive education system:

‘We believe disabled people have the right to: 

  1. An inclusive education system supported by human rights laws 
  2. A coordinated education, health and social care system 
  3. An inclusive learning environment 
  4. An inclusive curriculum 
  5. An inclusive assessment system 
  6. An education workforce committed to inclusive education Practice’

Michelle Daley, Interim Director, ALLFIE says:

“Our manifesto is about challenging the 
deep rooted systematic discrimination which unfairly locks disabled pupils and students out of mainstream education. Inclusive education benefits everyone. It allows disabled and non-disabled people to come together and learn to respect and value our differences. It helps to create inclusive communities that welcome everyone. Our manifesto sets out the importance of ‘educating not segregating’ and engaging in positive action to establish a fair and equal education system for ALL citizens.”

Read and download ALLFIE's manifesto at:


The Centre's Manifesto on Inclusive Education is led by Colin Newton and Pippa Murray. Please contact Colin and Pippa directly if you have any suggestions about how to improve our Manifesto.