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Accessibility Plan

Accessibility Plan 2016/17

 

 

Rationale

 

The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous discrimination law and provides a single piece of legislation covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. Schools and Local Authorities have to carry out accessibility planning for disabled Students. The duties are the same as those in the previous Disability Discrimination legislation and have been replicated in the new Act. The approach of the school to meet the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 is set out fully in the Single Equality Policy.

 

The definition of disability under the law is a wide one. A disabled person, as defined under the Equality Act 2010, is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term negative effect to do normal daily activities. If a person has been disabled in the past they are still covered by the legislation for the rest of their life.

 

Aims of St Simon of England R.C Primary School Accessibility Plan

 

The school plans, over time to increase the accessibility of provision for all students, staff and visitors to the school. The main priorities in the school’s plan will be in the following areas:

 

  • Improving the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled students can take advantage of education and associated services.

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled students can participate in the school Curriculum.

  • Improving the communication to disabled students, staff, parents and visitors of information that is provided in writing for students and adults who are non-disabled.

     

The actions planned to meet these aims are set in the three sections below:

 

 

 

St Simon of England Accessibility Plan

Physical Environment

 

 

Objective

What

How/Who

When

Evidence April 2017

Short term within 1 Year

1

Ensure provision for current students is suitable.

 

Review toilet and building access arrangements in place for current students eg. Handrails, ramps

 

Site manager, Health and Safety Governor Report to Finance Committee.

 

Consultation with MAT Property Management Consults

Term 1 each year

 

 

2

Ensure staff training including First Aid training and DSL is in place to support needs of current student body

 

Review how current student needs are being met.

 

Finance Business Manager/ Staff CPD coordinator

 

Term 1 each year

 

 

3

Ensure parking and access to building for physically disabled students and their parents when they visit the school is in place

 

Review current arrangement

 

Site manager, Health and Safety Governor Report to Finance Committee.

 

Consultation with MAT Property Management Consults

Term 1 each year

 

Medium term

(more than 1 year)

1

Ensure automatic electronic gate access to school carpark for disabled visitors and staff

When budget allows installation of automatic gate access to carpark

Head teacher and Governing Body

When budget allows

 

Accessing the Curriculum

Short term

(less than 1 year)

1

Ensure compliance with Equalities Act 2010

 

Staff and governors informed of requirements and obligations of Single Equalities Act 2010, and of the Accessibility Plan

 

Review of policy and provision at Curriculum Committee Governors meetings

 

February 2017

 

 

2

Ensure curriculum meets the needs of all students

 

Curriculum review process to include consideration of curriculum needs of all students including those with a disability

 

SLT and Curriculum Committee

Term 1 and 2 each year

 

 

3

Ensure student disability is identified and that reasonable adjustments are made in provision

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability SEND plan for each student identified is in place in September of each year

SENCO Inclusion manager ensure review of any SEND plan/provision mapping

July September each year

 

4

Ensure all groups of students with common needs have support and appropriate adjustments to provision eg Pupil Premium, EAL, SEND, ethnic minority

Identification of students and notification to staff of students in groups

 

Monitoring and checking of progress at tracking through year.

 

ISSK Service Level agreement to include one day audit and support for action plan for EAL pupils.

 

Term 1 each Year reviewed termly at progress meetings

 

5

Ensure students with a disability have fair access to school educational visits

Staff planning trips include provision for students with a disability

 

EVC and FGB

 

Ongoing

 

Access to information normally provided in written form

Short term within a Year

1

Ensure students with difficulties in using language are supported in the delivery of the curriculum

 

Literacy needs identified throughout the year

 

Accelerated reader assessment and SEND assessment/Literacy Coordinator and SENCO

 

When needs arise termly

 

 

2

Ensure students with visual and/or hearing impairment have access to the curriculum

 

Identification of needs of students joining the school with hearing and/or visual impairment

 

Teaching staff to be made aware of students in their class with hearing impairment and to plan lessons /Admissions clerk, Phase leaders and SENCO appropriately

 

When need arises

 

 

3

Ensure access arrangements are in place for visually impaired and hearing impaired for all Statutory Assessment

Identification of needs of students joining the school

Assessment coordinator/headteacher to arrange access through NCT tools website

February each academic year online portal

 

 

Review Date: Term 1 Curriculum Committee Each Year

Related Policies

This Plan will contribute to the review and revision of related school policies, e.g.

  • SEND policy

  • Single Equality policy

  • EAL/New arrivals Policy

  • Behavioural Management Policy

 

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