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Evaluate the success of a recent initiative in promoting anti-discriminatory practice. SENDO.

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D1 ________________ Evaluate the success of a recent initiative in promoting anti-discriminatory practice. ________________ The recent initiative I am going to discuss that successfully promotes anti-discriminatory practice is that of SENDO. Anti-discriminatory practice is the main strategy in combating discrimination. It is action taken to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race, class, gender, disability and so on. SENDO stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability Order. It came into operation on the 1st September 2005. The following is a brief summary of the provisions of SENDO: 1. It increases the right of children to inclusion in mainstream schooling if that is the wish of their parents and is compatible with the provision of efficient education for other children. 2. Imposes a duty on Education and Library Boards to provide for parents with children with special educational needs advice and information relating to those needs. 3. Imposes a duty on Education and Library Boards to provide a means of avoiding or resolving disputes between schools or Boards and parents. 4. Imposes a duty on Boards to comply with orders of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal within certain time limits 5.

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The following bullet points are purposes of the SENDO initiative and are examples of how SENDO successfully promotes anti-discriminatory practice: 1. It makes it unlawful for schools to treat disabled pupils and prospective disabled pupils less favourably than other pupils in all aspects of school life. 2. It places a duty on schools to make improvements in accessibility to help enable disabled pupils to have the same access to education as pupils who do not have a disability. 3. It places a duty on schools to work towards making school life more accessible to disabled pupils. For example in terms of premises, the curriculum and written information. 4. It makes it unlawful for general qualifications bodies to discriminate against disabled pupils in relation to the award of prescribed qualifications such as GCSE, GCE, AVCE, GNVQ and AEA to Entry Level, Basic and Key as well as vocational and vocationally-related qualifications. http://www.equalityni.org/archive/pdf/FSchoolsCOP(SENDO).pdf SENDO promotes anti-discriminatory practice for disabled people in the education system so that they do not face any discrimination within it. The Disability Discrimination Act defines a disabled person as being someone who has a âphysical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activitiesâ.

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This means that unless they have a justification for not doing so, education providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments so that disabled pupils are not at a substantial disadvantage compared to other non-disabled pupils. This anticipatory duty under SENDO places the responsibility on schools to anticipate the needs of pupils and to create an environment where pupils feel secure in disclosing any disability that they may have. This is a further way in which SENDO successfully promotes anti-discriminatory practice. SENDO also further promotes anti-discriminatory practice by placing a duty on responsible bodies regarding the physicality of buildings. SENDO places a duty to plan for accessibility which means that the responsible body must be proactive in making improvements through planned changes over time. However it does not require that these changes to be made immediately. In conclusion, it is very evident that SENDO has had much success in promoting non-discriminatory practice and that it is a great example of a recent initiative that can be credited with doing so. SENDO covers a variety of aspects in order to ensure that people with disabilities or special educational needs are not discriminated in any way within the education system.

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