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Accessibility Policy 2021

 

Accessibility plan

Ashcombe Primary school

 

Approved by:

Full Governing Body

Date:  16.06.2021

Last reviewed on:

21/4/21

Next review due by:

21/4/24

 

 

 

Contents

1. Aims. 3

2. Legislation and guidance. 3

3. Action plan. 4

4. Monitoring arrangements. 7

5. Links with other policies. 7

 

 

 

1. Aims

Schools are required under the Equality Act 2010 to have an accessibility plan. The purpose of the plan is to:

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment of the school to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided
  • Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils

Our school aims to treat all its pupils fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all pupils without discrimination of any kind.

Ashcombe Primary School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils and is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for every child.

The plan will be made available online on the school website, and paper copies are available upon request.

Our school is also committed to ensuring staff are trained in equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010, including understanding disability issues.

The school supports any available partnerships to develop and implement the plan.

We will continue the advice of Local Authority services, Kaleidoscope Multi-Academy Trust and outside agencies such as such as specialist teacher advisers and SEN consultants and appropriate health professionals to develop and implement our plan.

Our school’s complaints procedure covers the accessibility plan. If you have any concerns relating to accessibility in school, the complaints procedure sets out the process for raising these concerns.

We have included a range of stakeholders in the development of this accessibility plan, including parents, staff and governors.

2. Legislation and guidance

This document meets the requirements of schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 and the Department for Education (DfE) guidance for schools on the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 defines an individual as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on their ability to undertake normal day to day activities.

Under the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice, ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. The definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer.

Schools are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for pupils with disabilities under the Equality Act 2010, to alleviate any substantial disadvantage that a disabled pupil faces in comparison with non-disabled pupils. This can include, for example, the provision of an auxiliary aid or adjustments to premises.

This policy complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.

 

3. Action plan

This action plan sets out the aims of our accessibility plan in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

 

aim

current good practice

 

objectives

 

actions to be taken

Person responsible

date to complete actions by

success criteria

Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability

  • Our school offers aims to offer an ambitious, scaffolded curriculum for all pupils.
  • Every child is entitled to powerful knowledge which can shape their understanding of the world – our aim is to share that knowledge with all of our pupils.
  • We aim to increase the number of curriculum resources which include examples of people with disabilities.
  • The curriculum is reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils.
  • We use resources tailored to the needs of pupils who require support to access the curriculum.
  • Kaleidoscope Multi-Academy Trust are developing a system to track curriculum progress for all pupils including those with a disability.
  • We aim to set bespoke effective targets that are appropriate for pupils with additional needs.

 

Long Term

Improve the quality of our Wave 1 Teaching so that high quality inclusive teaching is on offer for all.

Medium Term

Develop our curriculum so that powerful knowledge is available and accessible to all of our students.

Review our curriculum content so that examples of disability are included into our curriculum sequence

Targets for SEND students are regularly reviewed by a team around the child.

Short term

We review the resources children use to support their access to the curriculum.

 

 

Develop teacher expertise through rigorous, high quality CPD

 

Map a coherent and sequenced curriculum and review its implementation

 

Review curriculum content for examples of disability

 

Student reviews take place regularly and show impact

 

Review to ensure students have access to the proper resources they need for curriculum access

 

C. Penny & K. Evans

 

 

S. Burditt

 

 

 

S.Burditt

 

 

K.Evans

 

 

 

K.Evans

 

Continuous

 

 

 

31/12/21

 

 

 

31/12/21

 

 

31/12/21

 

 

 

31/7/21

Teachers trained in instructional and scaffolding methods for inclusive practice.

Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

The environment is adapted to the needs of pupils as required. This includes:

  • Corridor width
  • Disabled parking bays
  • Disabled toilets and changing facilities
  • Hoist
  • Changing tables
  • Library shelves at wheelchair-accessible height.

No objectives set – the main school site is a new build and fully compliant.

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Improve the delivery of information to pupils with a disability

Our school uses a range of communication methods to ensure information is accessible. This includes:

  • Internal signage
  • Large print resources
  • Induction loops
  • Pictorial or symbolic representations

 

For children to have resources they need to access the curriculum.

SENDCo to liaise with Sensory Support to provide resources needed for individual children.

K.Evans

Ongoing

Resources will be in place for individual children.

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