It is not uncommon for schools and local authorities to place children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans on part-time timetables. Sometimes this is done to support a transition period or alternatively, to avoid a child being excluded. The question which must be considered though is whether this type of arrangement is discriminatory?
In F-T v The Governors of Hampton Dene Primary School (SEN) (Disability discrimination in schools: All)  UKUT 468 (AAC) (18 October 2016) the Upper Tier was asked to consider whether a child subject to a part-timetimetable was subject to discriminatory treatment under the Equality Act 2010.
The law is relatively straightforward and can be summarised as follows:
(i) in the way it provides education for the pupil;
(ii) in the way it affords the pupil access to a benefit, facility or service [section 212(4) provides that affording access to a benefit, facility or service includes a reference to facilitating access to the benefit, facility or service];
(iii) by not providing education for the pupil;
(iv) by not affording the pupil access to a benefit, facility or service;
(v) by excluding the pupil from the school [not an issue on this appeal];
(vi) by subjecting the pupil to any other detriment.
Children and Young People have a right to receive suitable full time education. If for some reason a child or young person cannot access school, then Headteachers must ensure that arrangements are in place to protect their full-time entitlement. This may require them to provide education at home.
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