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School won’t let DD attend a school trip because she has ADHD, ODD

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DailyMailDontStealMyThread Fri 10-Nov-17 16:03:15

DD is 13.we have always worked closely with the school in regards to her medication, behaviour and learning. This is quite challenging in its self because the teachers seem to chop and change a lot.

DD is on behaviour report amongst some other support measures in and out of the classroom it’s all been going quite well so far this year.

There is a trip abroad next year which we have known about for a while. DD was told she must gets a majority of 1s on her report card to be able to go and she achieved that. Sometimes having to remove herself for a minute or two or seeking outside classroom support especially if the lesson was being held by a temp teacher.

We did ask for each teacher to be made aware of DDs adhd but apparently not everyone reads their emails which means DD is expected to behave, focus and concentrate in a way she just can’t do all the time.

We now have a new teacher for this lesson who told DD today that it doesn’t matter that she achieved 1s on her report card he isn’t letting her go on the trip because he can’t trust her to behave at all times on and she isn’t going.

As you can imagine DD is very upset and can’t understand why she can’t go when she achieved the goal that the school set for her.

I emailed her teacher support who have said that the teachers going are not teachers that are very good with challenging needs and don’t feel comfortable taking her away am I wrong in thinking that isn’t right? Why does DD get left out because they can’t adapt but if different teachers were going she would be able to attend?

I’m waiting for the teacher to call me but I don’t know where to start trying to explain. DD is able to behave with guidance and structure along with positivity but surely that’s down to us as the adults to manage?

Ellie56 Tue 14-Nov-17 19:44:00

If your DD fits the Equality Act's definition of a disability, the school needs to make a reasonable adjustment and make sure a member of staff who can cope with challenging needs goes on the trip too. They can't just say she can't go - that could be classed as disability discrimination.

"Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. You're disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities."

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