The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) is a national campaigning and information-sharing network led by disabled people. We campaign for all disabled learners to have the right to access and be supported in mainstream education. ALLFIE believes that education should support the development of physical, vocational and academic abilities through mixed-ability tuition in mainstream schools so that all students have the opportunity to build relationships with one another. We believe that a fully inclusive education system will benefit everyone.
The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) is a campaigning network led by disabled people, which seeks out and draws together individuals, families, groups and organisations who believe in the principles of inclusion. We help organise all these different voices into an effective movement for social justice.
We are a national network led by disabled people and supported by allies that include parents, educators and Head Teachers. The Alliance has campaigned successfully, over the last 20 years, to remove the legal conditions which have served to limit the rights of children with Special Educational Needs to secure a supported mainstream placement. We have also been very influential in bringing education into the remit of the Disability Discrimination Act, then more recently the Equality Act and more broadly the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 24: Inclusive Education, strengthening the right of disabled young people to protection from discrimination within the education system.
Inclusive education enables all students to fully participate in any mainstream early years provision, school, college or university. Inclusive education provision has training and resources aimed at fostering every student's equality and participation in all aspects of the life of the learning community.
Inclusive education aims to equip all people with the skills needed to build inclusive communities.
Inclusive education is based on seven principles:
Diversity enriches and strengthens all communities;
All learner’s different learning styles and achievements are equally valued, respected and celebrated by society;
All learners to be enabled to fulfil their potential by taking into account individual requirements and needs;
Support to be guaranteed and fully resourced across the whole learning experience;
All learners need friendship and support from people of their own age.
All children and young people to be educated together as equals in their local communities;
Inclusive Education is incompatible with segregated provision both within and outside mainstream education;