Last reviewed on 26 November 2021
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To help pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reach their full potential, they first must have equal access to your curriculum. Use our checklist to stay compliant with the Equality Act and SEND regulations.

In a nutshell: your duties

The Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Regulations 2014 place certain duties on schools to make sure that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are able to take advantage of the same opportunities that other pupils have. 

In practice, this legislation means you need to: 

  • Set high expectations for all pupils (e.g. by setting ambitious targets) 
  • Remove barriers to allow pupils to achieve those expectations (e.g. through accessible resources, differentiation and reasonable adjustments) 

You also need to publish how you're meeting these requirements on your website. Find out more about how you can do this in our article on publishing curriculum information.

Use our checklist to make sure you're compliant 

Instead, use our checklist to help you look at evidence from audits you've already completed to identify whether you've already got the right measures