Fairness, not special treatment

Frank Green, of the City Technology Colleges Association, misunderstands the purpose of the new disability legislation.

This allows disabled people to participate equally in education. This is not the same as receiving special treatment to, for example, "get round the admissions criteria", as he suggests.

School admissions policies should be fair and should address the pupil's abilities. They should make reasonable adjustments to ensure a disability does not hinder learning. In a few years time this student (the dyslexic boy taking legal action to get into Bacons CTC in London) could be applying to higher education, where support for dyslexia is available. For too long disabled children have been barred from higher education because of limited choices at secondary level. City technology colleges, along with all secondary provision, have a responsibility to ensure that ability, not disability, counts. Further information on transition to further and higher education for disabled young people is available on 0800 328 5050 (voice) 0800 068 2422 (text), or see Skill's website on www.skill.org.uk

Barbara Waters

Chief executive

Skill, Chapter House

18-20 Crucifix Lane

Southwark, London SE1

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