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Landmark verdict in a school exclusion case

A court has delivered a landmark verdict in a school exclusion case, which could help future generations of autistic children get the education they deserve, reports the National Autistic Society. The ruling makes clear for the first time that all schools must make sure they have made appropriate adjustments for autistic children, or those with other disabilities, before they can resort to exclusion. The National Autistic Society intervened in this case, brought by the family of an autistic child, to challenge a loophole in the Equality Act that meant schools didn’t have to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children when they have a ’tendency to physical abuse’ - even when that behaviour is down to a lack of appropriate support.

Date added: 14 August 2018