Reasonable Adjustments

Reasonable Adjustments are required under the Equality Act (2010) duties and are to avoid, as far as possible any disadvantage experienced because of disability (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2019).  You have a duty to take steps to ensure that those you support with disabilities can fully take part in education, facilities and services provided. The duty requires you to avoid substantial disadvantage by putting in place ‘reasonable adjustments’.  This is an anticipatory duty, so you need to plan ahead anticipating what adjustments may be needed (Martin-Denham, et al 2017).

The Equality Act 2010 states that schools should not treat disabled students unfavourably. This means that they are not allowed to refuse to admit a child because of their impairment or condition discriminate against them by not meeting their needs allow harassment by teachers or students related to their condition. Schools must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ so that your child can study. Schools and nurseries have a legal duty to identify children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). They do this when your child starts school and throughout their school life. Children with education, health and care (EHC) plans have more legal rights to the specific support in their plans (SCOPE, 2019).

The following was a group task whereby SENCOs discussed ‘reasonable adjustments’ currently in place that were making a positive difference to pupils with disabilities.

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(Created by University of Sunderland SENCOs)

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