Disability Rights UK Criticises Academy Trust’s Plan To Bus Disabled Children To Another School Because Of Lack Of Resources
Same Difference, as passionate supporters of inclusive education, are deeply upset by the Dean Trust’s plans.
Our editor has known for some time that academy schools prefer not to accept children with disabilities. For this reason we strongly oppose academy schools.
However, we find it shocking that in England in 2016, an academy Trust can openly segregate disabled children because they are disabled.
Our editor herself was once a disabled child in mainstream education, and she would have hated anything like this happening to her.
Dean Trust intends to ‘bus’ disabled children from a well-performing school because of ‘limited resources’.
Disability Rights UK says:
“Disabled students should have as much say over which school they go to as non-disabled students. It is a disgrace that disabled children will be segregated being bused to a different school.
This will damage the confidence of the children involved and undermine friendships they have built up at their current school. It is contrary to their human rights to treat disabled children in this way.”
The Dean Trust runs schools in Trafford, Cheshire and Liverpool. They have informed parents of children with special needs who were to start at Ashton-on-Mersey school in September that they will now have to attend lessons at the undersubscribed Broadoak School in Partington, six miles away.