Academy put ‘zero-tolerance’ policy above pupil’s education, tribunal finds

Tribunal concludes that SEND pupil’s grades suffered as a result of the school’s attempts to control his behaviour

A tribunal has criticised a school for putting its zero-tolerance behaviour policy above the education of a child with special needs.

After hearing a claim made by the parents of Hayden Damiral, a pupil with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a diagnosis of epilepsy, against Burnt Mill Academy, in Essex, the tribunal concluded that efforts to control the 15-year-old’s behaviour had compromised his education.

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