Academy trust accused of discriminating against SEND pupils

The Guardian is reporting that an academy trust has been accused of segregating disabled pupils after announcing that it would bus children with special educational needs and disabilities from a well-performing school to a worse school because of limited resources.

The Dean Trust, which runs schools in Trafford, Cheshire and Liverpool, has informed parents of children with special needs who are due to start at Ashton-on-Mersey school in September that, because of “limited resources”, their children will attend lessons at the undersubscribed Broadoak school in Partington, six miles away.

Justine Bailey, director of the Trafford Parents Forum, said parents were angered by the move. “Many of the children want to go to Ashton. They don’t want to go anywhere else. Their friends go there, their brothers and sisters go there,” she said.

Bailey said that allowing the Dean Trust to go ahead with the plans would give a green light to all academy trusts across England to move children between their schools without consulting parents.

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  1. The real academy ‘freedoms’: ignore parents’ wishes, shuffle kids from academy to academy, act in the interests of the academy chain and not the pupils’.
    Other chains likely to follow: closing academies (eg West Grantham Academies Trust); turning their academies in selective ones eg one for high ability pupils, another for the middling bunch, and one for the ‘challenging’ (that’s if the chain can’t dump them somewhere else).

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