Under the Equality Act 2010, it’s against the law for schools and other education providers to discriminate against disabled children.
- a school can’t refuse admission to disabled children just because of their disability
- a school can’t stop a disabled pupil going outside at break time because it takes them longer to get there
- a teacher can’t shout at a disabled child if their disability means they have trouble concentrating
Contact the Equality Advisory Support Service if you think your child has been discriminated against because of their disability.
Making ‘reasonable adjustments’
Schools have to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled children. These can include:
- changes to physical features (eg adding a ramp)
- changes to how learners are assessed
- providing extra support and aids (eg specialist teachers or equipment)
Special educational needs
Some children may have special educational needs because their disabilities affect their ability to learn.
If your child has a statement of special educational needs, your local educational authority has to provide support as they approach leaving school.
Ask to see a school’s policy on special educational needs so you know what support they can offer.
Contact your local Parent Partnership Service for impartial advice about special educational needs.