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Disability Awareness

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will (a) include disability awareness within the school curriculum and (b) take steps to encourage disability awareness in out of school hours activities; and if he will make a statement. (76373)

Through the personal, social and health education (PSHE) framework, pupils are taught to identify and respect the differences between people, including disability. Pupils are taught about the effects of all types of stereotyping and discrimination, how to challenge them assertively and ways of working co-operatively with a range of people who are different from themselves. Through citizenship education pupils are taught about legal and human rights and responsibilities. They will learn how the law and concept of human rights underpin society and affect the relationship between the state and the individual.

We have also committed significant funding up to 2008 to support all schools in providing access to a range of extended services and activities. We have set out a core offer of extended services that we want all children to be able to access through schools by 2010. We have provided guidance to schools, local authorities and other providers which makes clear that children with disabilities and special educational needs must be able to access all the services