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A selection of Skill policy articles - most
Independence, well being and choice – the future of adult social care in England
Skill response to draft codes for the Disability
Skill has provided comments on the draft codes of practice for the Disability Equality Duty, which were produced by the DRC. The final codes are expected to be published in early 2006, to give public authorities time to implement the duties for December 2006.
There is also likely to be separate guidance
for further and higher education institutions. The draft codes of practice
are available on the DRC website, www.drc-gb.org/thelaw/publicsectordutycodes.asp.
Skill's response to the draft codes is available here.
DfES 14-19 White Paper
The government has not opted to move towards a full diploma system, choosing only to adopt diplomas for vocational subjects, which has been unpopular with many people in the education sector. You can read Skill's response to the government's paper here
To read the 14-19 White Paper, please see www.dfes.gov.uk/14-19/documents/14-19whitepaper.pdf.
DfES Skills White Paper
The new skills white paper looks at how the DfES can ensure that people have the skills to be employable and personally fulfilled.
The White Paper is available on the Internet
at www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/skillsgettingon/. Skill made a
number of recommendations to the White Paper, to ensure that the White
Paper addresses the current under-employment of disabled people. You
can read Skill's response here.
There has recently been a consultation about
this, including details of workforce reform and a common assessment
framework. Skill responded to the consultation and you can read our
QCA - A framework for achievement
The proposed framework can be downloaded from the QCA website, http://www.qca.org.uk/downloads/10718_qca_04_1459_consultation.pdf.
Skill welcomes the new proposals, but also
thinks that the framework should reflect the DDA and needs of disabled
students more. You can read our response here.
Compact Code of Practice on Volunteering
Investing in Skills: Taking forward the Skills Strategy
Disability Discrimination Bill gains Royal
The 2005 Act …
Widens the definition of disability, to include people with progressive conditions such as MS, HIV and some cancers from the point of diagnosis and removes the requirement for mental health conditions to be clinically well recognised
Places new duties on all public bodies, requiring them to promote positive attitudes towards disabled people and encourage their participation in public life
New specific duties for listed bodies, including schools, further and higher education institutions and funding bodies, to produce and implement disability equality schemes
Includes general examination awarding bodies in the DDA part 4, ensuring that disabled students are not treated less favourably when undertaking exams, eg A Levels, and that appropriate reasonable adjustments are made
Improves disabled people's access to trains and buses, including an end-date for modifications of 2020
While Skill is disappointed that the Bill was amended in its late stages to remove the extension of coverage for a wider group of people with depression, we welcome the Government's commitment to review how the social model can be incorporated into the DDA.
Skill welcomes the changes that the new Act will bring and hopes that it will be a driving force for change, ending previous exemptions and promoting institutional change.
Skill has been part of the New Spirit Coalition
of disability organisations, organised by RADAR, which has been campaigning
on the new Act and ensuring that it was passed before the end of the
current Parliament. You can read the NSC's press release about the new
Education and Skills Committee inquiry into
Every Child Matters
We have focused on the areas of integrated services, listening to children and young people, and the creation, management and sharing of records.
DfES specific learning difficulties working
Skill has been involved in the group, and has also reponded to the draft report. Our response is here[Posted 19th December 2004]
Public Sector Duty for disability equality
Skill has responded to the consultation which the Government produced about this, entitled 'delivering equality for disabled people'. You can read our response here
For more information about the public sector
duty and what it will mean, click
A new Commission for Equality of Human Rights
The Department of Trade and Industry have
recently had a consultation on the new Commission, which is availalbe
on the Internet at
has responded to the consultation and you can read our respnose here.
Improving the life chances of disabled people
Skill resoponded to the report by outlining
the main issues facing disabled students and jobseekers. You can find
the interim report here here, and
read Skill's response here.
Ian Russell Commission
This is a preliminary questionnaire to inform
a larger consultation they wish to carry out in the Autumn. You can
read more about the Commission on their website, http://www.russellcommission.org.
Skill's response is available to read here.
Disabled students able to claim housing benefit on campus
Higher Education Act
The HE Bill has now been given Royal Assent
and therefore has become the Higher Education Act. Text of the Act can
be found at: http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040008.htm
Skill and the RNIB successfully lobbied the
Lords to obtain amendments to the Act to:
Joint Committee supports Skill's recommendations
Learning and Skills Council National Equality
and Diversity Strategy
Working together: a strategy for the voluntary
and community sector and the Learning and Skills Council
Measuring success in the Learning and Skills
Towards a unified e-learning strategy
Draft Disability Discrimination Bill
Guidance on intellectual copyright and recording
Skill's response to the DRC draft codes of
practice for the amended DDA part 2,
which will come into force in October 2004. There are two codes of practice
- one for employment and occupation and a second for trade organisations
and qualifications bodies.
Every Child Matters - children and young person's Green Paper
Skill has responded to the recent Green Paper (www.dfes.gov.uk/everychildmatters)
and you can read our response here
[Posted 11th December 2003]
Admissions to Higher Education
Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University is undertaking a review of what factors HEIs should consider when assessing the merits of applicants to their courses. The recent consultation document on the review of admissions to higher education looked at key issues underlying admissions processes for all students. You can read the consultation on the Internet at www.admissions-review.org.uk
Read Skill's response here
[Posted 11th December 2003]
Special Arrangements in Examinations - revised regulatory criteria
Read Skill's response to QCA's (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) revised regulatory criteria here. More information about about the QCA can be found on the Internet at: www.qca.org.uk
Read Skill's response here [MS Word]
[Posted 19th November 2003]
21st Century Skills
Response to the DRC Consultation on a new
Amendments to the DDA Part 2 (Employment)
International Students with Disabilities
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