ERIC Number: ED343292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Integration--Living with ERA. Report of the CSIE Day Conference (London, England, November 8, 1991).
Centre for Studies on Integration in Education, London (England).
This report summarizes a conference which addressed the 1988 British Education Reform Act (ERA). Two of the major planks in ERA, the National Curriculum and Local Management of Schools (LMS), were discussed in detail by speakers and delegates with a view to developing integration and building inclusive schools. Summaries are provided of the talks given by Tim Brighouse, Mark Vaughan, Hilary Armstrong, Christine Gilbert, Susan Hart, and Richard Rieser. Brighouse stressed that the ERA promotes exclusiveness and should be replaced by a new Education Act built on principles promoting the success of all pupils. Vaughn expressed concern about the Act's weak legal requirements concerning integrating pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities and encouraged Local Education Authorities to assure access for all children. Armstrong described integration as a human rights issue and encouraged extending equal opportunities legislation to cover disability. Gilbert spoke about LMS and integration and highlighted opportunities provided by the ERA for more planning and decision making at local levels. Hart identified dangers in differentiating the National Curriculum for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities. Finally, Rieser encouraged educators to listen to the Disability Movement in developing a more inclusive educational system. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, British National Curriculum, Civil Liberties, Compliance (Legal), Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mainstreaming, Policy Formation, School District Autonomy, Standards
Centre for Studies on Integration in Education, 415 Edgware Rd., London NW2 6NB, England (2.00 pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Studies on Integration in Education, London (England).
Identifiers: Education Reform Act 1988 (England); United Kingdom