Mainstreaming Adjustments Sheila Williams Director, Student Disability Service Tina Harrison Assistant Principal, Academic Standards and Quality Assurance
What is ‘mainstreaming’? Systematic consideration of the effects of teaching, learning and assessment on disadvantaged groups at the point of curriculum design. Equality is the goal; mainstreaming is the means to the goal. Mainstreaming ensures that equality considerations are ‘built-in’ not ‘bolted-on’
Why is it important? The University’s Strategic Plan The University’s Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan Increasing diversity among the student population The Scottish Government’s Widening Participation Agenda The Equality Act (2010) and the Public sector Equality Duty
The evidence for action • The proportion of students declaring a disability is rising • See chart • The propensity to declare a disability is not equally distributed • 3 times greater among creative arts students than business studies • The attainment gap between disabled and non-disabled students is widest in Scotland • The number of adjustments recommended is rising • 13,055 Teaching, Learning and Exam adjustments (Jan 2012) • Not all adjustments are being implemented • 49% of disabled students reported receiving “all adjustments in all courses” in 2011/12; down from 61% in 2010/11. • Appeals • Disabled students made up 18% of academic appeals in 2010-11
The University’s Accessible Learning Statement “We aim to help students maximise their academic potential and get the most benefit from their programme of study and university experience. In line with our strategic goal of excellence in learning and teaching, we seek to enhance the student experience by creating a learning and teaching environment, and culture, that is dynamic, accessible and inclusive.”
What can we do? Mainstreaming the top three teaching and learning adjustments will reduce the number of adjustments by 50%
Questions for discussion • Are you doing this already? • What has been your experience? • Are there challenges to mainstreaming adjustments? • What are they • What can we do to overcome them?