Further and higher education

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 Chris Banks

Chris Banks, Chair of the Learning and Skills Council
Disabled people are still twice as likely as non-disabled people to have no qualifications and half of disabled people of working age are not in employment. In this day and age this is unacceptable, and we must work to promote disability equality for our disabled students and employees as well as our service users.  These are clearly areas that the LSC is seeking to address, through our annual statement of priorities, ‘Raising Our Game’, ‘Learning for Living and Work’ and through our Disability Equality Scheme.  It is this coordinated approach that will mean we deliver this together.

Like the LSC, you will by now have published your Disability Equality Scheme and know the actions and outcomes you want to achieve over the next three years. The hard work begins now our schemes are in place.  I look forward to the benefits that the Disability Equality Duty brings us with a real chance to make a difference.

Professor Drummond Bone

Professor Drummond Bone, President, Universities UK
Many improvements have taken place in recent years for staff and students in higher education.  Universities UK supports the implementation of the Disability Equality Duty, which will help the sector continue with this positive work, ensuring both high standards and widened participation.

Further education colleges and higher education institutions

Do you know how many of your staff are disabled?

How many of your disabled students achieve top grades in exams?

To be able to tackle disability equality you need to know the answers to these important questions. The new Disability Equality Duty offers a real opportunity for your college or university to do this.

Under the new duty all further education colleges and higher education institutions must have produced a Disability Equality Scheme.

The DRC has produced guidance for the post-16 education sector across Great Britain on the duty. This is available to download here:

We are also planning to produce a guide to the DDA for the GB post-16 sector in Spring 2007. This will include information on implementing your Disability Equality Scheme, guidance on the new part 4 duties, information on parts 2, 3 and the new GQB duties.

There is plenty of other useful information to help public authorities meet the duty. See the 'Meeting the duty' section for more details on implementing your Disability Equality Scheme.

You can assess your organisation's progress on disability equality here, by trying our quick and simple checklist aimed at the Higher and Further Education sectors.

Checklist for Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and Senior Leaders in Higher Education:

Checklist for Principals in Further Education:

Information on more general issues surrounding disability and education can be found on the main DRC education pages.