ERIC Number: ED473539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Human Rights and School Change: The Newham Story. New Edition.
Jordan, Linda; Goodey, Chris
This report recounts the process of desegregation of the education service in the London (England) borough of Newham. It shows how inclusion in the borough began and was sustained by an understanding of inclusion as a human rights issue. It charts the steps which brought about the closure of most of the authority's separate special schools and units over an 18-year period (1984-2002). This publication covers the early days of council policy making, the consultations and compromises, and how those seeking change responded to concerns while keeping their vision in focus. Individual sections address key points, achievements and constraints, history and origins, the arrival of the policy, implementation of the policy, moving onwards, comments and concerns, and a 1996-2002 update. The authors conclude that, if there had been a stronger national strategy to counter deeply embedded prejudices and fears about disability, progress toward inclusion in Newham and elsewhere would have been faster. They urge the borough to take a lead in pursuing national legislation that will establish inclusion as a human right. A time chart, a closure chart, and a list of sources and useful addresses complete the report. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Legislation, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Inclusive Schools, Policy Formation, Program Development
Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE), New Redland, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QU, England, United Kingdom (10 British pounds). Tel: 0117-344-4007; Fax: 0117-344-4005; Web site: http://www.inclusion.org.uk.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, Bristol (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)