Disabled children and the Equalities Act - what schools need to know

19 Feb 2018

Download the short guides setting out the duties and responsibilities of schools to support teachers and schools in what they need to do to address inequalities and ensure equality of access for all children:

Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010 for schools (Council for Disabled Children)

Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010 for early years settings (Council for Disabled Children)

The Equalities Act (EqA) applies to all schools and early years providers: to independent schools, academies and maintained schools; to nursery schools, primary schools and secondary schools; to mainstream schools and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

These helpful guides set the disability discrimination duties in EqA in the context of duties to disabled children and young people brought in by CFA.

These provide a short guide to what teachers need to know and what schools need to do to address inequalities and ensure they do not discriminate against disabled pupils.

The booklets include examples illustrating practices that may amount to discrimination or that may help schools to avoid discrimination.

In addition to their responsibilities to individual disabled children, schools have duties to disabled pupils collectively, to other disabled people and to people who share other protected characteristics.


Jacqueline Carolan

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Last updated: 19 Feb 2018

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