Disability is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. This means that a child or young person is protected against discrimination in school arising from their disability.
There are other protected characteristics including sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity. However, the leaflet below concentrates on what schools should do for disabled children and young people.

There are special guidelines that schools and other educational settings must follow for children and young people with disabilities.