Under section 20 of the Equality Act 2010, education and training providers and other related service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people (which includes people with a learning difficulty) so they are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled students.
Section 15ZA(6) of the Education Act 1996 states that a person has a learning difficulty [or disability] if:
(a) the person has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of persons of the same age, or
(b) the person has a disability which either prevents or hinders the person from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided by institutions providing education or training for persons who are over compulsory school age.”
What constitutes a reasonable adjustment is covered within reasonable adjustments for disabled workers guidance: Reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities or health conditions – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
At Capella, we are committed to ensuring that all apprentice’s have the best learning experience. If an apprentice declares that they have a learning difficulty or disability, an assessment of their needs is completed and, if required, reasonable adjustments put in place.
For learners with a learning difficulty or disability, reasonable adjustments should also be considered for the end point assessment. Details of adjustments can be found in the matrix produced by the Institute for Apprenticeships: Reasonable adjustment matrix (instituteforapprenticeships.org)