What are your child's rights in education?

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 children’s education.

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.

Download: The Equality Act and Your Deaf Child’s Education in England, Scotland and Wales

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Special educational needs (SEN) support

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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.

Download: Special educational needs (SEN) support: meeting the needs of deaf children and young people without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan (England)

The term ‘SEN support’ replaces what used to be known as ‘School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ in schools in England.

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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.

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