Removing barriers, promoting opportunities: shaping the future for teachers with disabilities in England

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General Teaching Council for England
General Teaching Council for England
Date of publication
1 May 2011
Disabled people, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This briefing looks at the experiences of teachers with disabilities during initial teacher training (ITT) and in employment. Barriers that those with disabilities may face are outlined, including: inaccessible environments, poor staff support, inflexible employment procedures and negative attitudes from some quarters. The briefing also outlines examples of good practice, and looks at a series of specific case studies. Possible priorities for future action outlined in this briefing include: improve equalities training within school leadership programmes which should include a focus on staff as well as children and young people; strengthen ITT providers’ practice in identifying the suitability of placement schools for disabled student teachers, perhaps through the ITT requirements; support ITT providers to identify, assess and then monitor student teachers’ needs; and support teachers to provide full disclosure of disability to the employer, promoting the benefits that a diverse workforce can bring to a school.

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