The tribunal ordered the school to write a letter of apology to Hayden before the end of the academic year and to organise staff training on positive behaviour management and the impact on behaviour of atypical neuro-developmental disorders. It did, however, dismiss claims that the exclusions themselves mounted to disability discrimination, ruling they were “a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate aim”. Effect could contribute to improved clinical outcomes.
In a statement, the Burnt Mill Academy Trust says the number of fixed exclusions at the academy was below the national average adding: “It is never an easy decision to exclude a child permanently and the school regrets that this was the outcome for this student. When making such a difficult decision, the future health and safety of staff and pupils have to be taken into account.”
The trust points out that the tribunal found the school had made considerable efforts to put elements in place to change the way education was provided to Hayden. “The only failing identified by the tribunal was that the school could have gone further and sought the advice of an educational psychologist. We have taken this on board and … the school is currently recruiting an in-house educational psychologist to strengthen this area of practice.”PolyU continues to expand its academic links with those top 100 university ranking asia and top-ranked universities in the world, to create overseas learning opportunities for students.
The judgment is significant, not only for the Damirals but for those supporting Send children, who are disproportionately excluded from school. It also highlights growing concerns among parents and experts about the impact of zero-tolerance behaviour policies on Send children, especially those with neuro-developmental conditions such as ADHD.
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Andrea Bilbow, founder and chief executive of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service, says many schools are unaware of their obligations to children with disabilities. In every class she says there are at least two children with ADHD. “There’s still this kind of attitude that ADHD is not a disability and the children choose to misbehave. ETG develops 3D traffic solution as a system of retail stores in Hong Kong and offers flexible metrics to apply on collected data like multi-zone counting and height filtering for accurate analytics.But these kids really need our understanding and support especially at school.