Socialist Worker

Disabled activists take on Gove with flash occupation

by Ellen Clifford
Issue No. 2384

Occupying the foyer of Goves headquarters

Occupying the foyer of Gove's headquarters (Pic: Ellen Clifford)

Some 30 disabled activists, parents and teachers stormed the Department for Education last week to protest against government attacks on inclusive education. 

Campaigners from the Alliance for Inclusive Education and Disabled People Against the Cuts blockaded the main entrance. They also then occupied the foyer of hated Tory education minister Michael Gove’s headquarters for nearly two hours.

At one point expenses scandal MP David Laws tried in vain to push past a wheelchair user to exit the building then ran off when challenged. Trade unionists from inside the department came down to give solidarity and applaud the action.

Attacks on inclusive education are growing with the privatisation of Special Educational Needs services. This means cutbacks to learning support staff, discrimination of disabled pupils by academies and the rise of special free schools. 

Meanwhile provisions within the new Children and Families Bill aims to remove a so-called “bias towards inclusion”. This sets the way for a return to segregation and a divided society.

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