Access initiative

6th April 2001 at 01:00
Wide ranging benefits are identified in children's attitudes to disabled pupils in 90 per cent of schools covered by the Government's Schools Access Initiative (SAI), according to a new report commissioned by the Department for Education and Employment, the National Union of Teachers and Scope. Within Reach 3, part of the NUTScope campaign aimed at increasing access to mainstream schools for disabled children, shows that schools and LEAs feel more positive about the inclusion of disabled children than they did in 1992 when the first survey on acces was published.

The report evaluates the impact of the SAI since it was set up in 1995. The Government has increased funding from pound;10m in its first year to the current level of pound;220m over three years.

Within Reach 3, ScopeNational Union of Teachers 2001, is available from Information Services, Scope, 6 Market Road London N7 9PW (pound;15 for organisations and pound;5 for individuals). Tel: 020 7619 7341.E-mail: Also on NUT website: www. Scope audio ISDN number: 0207 700 3181 (codecs APTX and G722).

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