Schools have a duty to take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a disadvantage. These steps may have to be taken in advance of the pupil attending the school.
Discrimination is when a school has not complied with its duty to take positive steps to ensure that a disabled pupil can fully participate in the education and other services that the school provides. This can include specialised computer equipment, adapted desks or speech and language therapy.
Matters such as cost, health and safety requirements, and the need to maintain standards, are some factors that may be taken into account when considering whether a particular step is reasonable.
Access Officers can provide support when identifying what a school is expected to do. Call 0113 378 6902 for more information.
This happens when a school engages in unwanted conduct related to a disability which has the purpose or effect of violating a pupil’s dignity or creating an intimidating, humiliating or offensive environment for the pupil.