What are your child's rights in education?
- The Equality Act and your deaf child’s education
- Special educational needs (SEN) support
- Anti-discrimination legislation in Northern Ireland
The Equality Act and your deaf child’s education
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in
the workplace and in wider society (including education). NDCS has
produced information about how the Equality Act relates to deaf
The information it contains should help you to work with nurseries, schools, further and higher education establishments and local authorities to ensure your child does not experience discrimination. It also tells you what action you can take if you believe that discrimination is taking place or has taken place.
you’re not already an NDCS member, you’ll need to sign up for free to access
the factsheets on this page. NDCS members also have free access to a range of information
resources, support services, and events.
Special educational needs (SEN) support
Where deaf children in England need extra support in a nursery, school, college or another education setting because of their deafness, they may be described as needing ‘Special educational needs (SEN) support’. If this applies to your child, the education setting must take a number of steps to make sure the needs of your child is being met. Our factsheet explains what this means in practice and the rights that it gives your child.
The term ‘SEN support’ replaces what used to be known as ‘School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ in schools in England.
Anti-discrimination legislation in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has its own anti-discrimination legislation:
- The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (SENDO)
- The Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
To find out more information on disability legislation in Northern Ireland call the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland on 028 90 890 890 or visit the equalityni.org website.
Also in this Section
- Education during school years
- Developing deaf children's reading and writing skills in primary school
- Teaching phonics to deaf children
- Developing deaf children's maths skills in primary school
- Deaf children with special educational needs
- How school staff can help your child achieve their potential
- Starting secondary school
- Exams and assessments at school
- What are your child's rights in education?
- Bullying and deaf children
- Tips on preparing for school trips with a deaf child
- Work experience
- Tiredness in deaf children
- Back to school top tips!
- Missing school for medical appointments
- School exclusions
- Making a complaint about your child's school
- Home education