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Pupils: Disabled

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in respect of which (a) disabilities and (b) diseases his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on best practice in management of pupils. (179500)

A list of guidance relating to disabilities and diseases that the Department has produced is available at

The main guidance for local authorities on pupils with disabilities relates to fulfilling their statutory duties. The “Special Educational Needs Code of Practice” provides practical advice to local authorities, maintained schools, early education settings and others on carrying out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs. The resource “Implementing the Disability Discrimination Act in schools and early years settings” was sent to every local authority and provides them with practical tools to improve their effectiveness in making reasonable adjustments to include disabled pupils and in reviewing and revising their accessibility plans. The resource includes a section to help schools develop their disability equality scheme.

Relating to diseases, joint non-statutory guidance with the Department of Health “Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Year Settings” explains what schools can do to help children with medical conditions; with the Council for Disabled Children “Including me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings” contains practical examples and case studies on supporting these children to maintain their health and access the curriculum and the positive difference it makes to their lives; with the Health Protection Agency, guidelines on minimising the risk from infection to children and staff and most recently “Planning for a human influenza pandemic”.