ERIC Number: ED397595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Human Rights and School Change: The Newham Story.
Jordan, Linda; Goodey, Chris
This report describes the desegregation of the education service in the London (England) Borough of Newham from 1984 to 1996, involving closure of most of the education authority's special schools and units and plans for all children with disabilities to be in mainstream schools by 1999. The report reviews the early days of local council policy making, the necessary consultations and compromises, how those seeking change responded to concerns, the building of the mainstream support network, staff development, and pupil achievement. Difficulties during the reorganization are noted as are the significant contributions of parents and people with disabilities. The report stresses the following key points: the policy commitment of the Newham Council, the reduction of children in segregated special education from 913 to 206, compromises, the need to change schools rather than fit children into the existing system, the improved academic achievement of Newham's children during this period, the role of parents in providing leadership, the assistance of a consultative committee comprised of individuals with disabilities, and the view of inclusion as an ongoing process. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools, Program Development, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Schools
Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, 1 Redland Close, Elm Lane, Bristol BS6 6UE, England, United Kingdom (6.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, Bristol (England).