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Accessibility Plan

Aims of the Accessibility Plan

This plan outlines how Woodthorpe Primary School aims to improve access to education for pupils with disabilities as required by the planning duties in the Equality Act 2010.

A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

This plan aims to:

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

The above aims will be delivered within a reasonable timeframe, and in ways which are determined after taking into account pupils’ disabilities and the views of parents and pupils. In the preparation of an accessibility strategy, the LA must have regard to the need to allocate adequate resources in the implementation of this strategy.

The governing board also recognises its responsibilities towards employees with disabilities and will:

  • Monitor recruitment procedures to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities.
  • Provide appropriate support and provision for employees with disabilities to ensure that they can carry out their work effectively without barriers.
  • Undertake reasonable adjustments to enable staff to access the workplace.

The plan will be resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised in consultation with:

  • Pupils’ parents.
  • The headteacher and other relevant members of staff.
  • Governors.
  • External partners.

This plan is reviewed every three years to take into account the changing needs of the school and its pupils. The plan is also reviewed where the school has undergone a refurbishment.

 

The accessibility audit

    1. The governing board will undertake a regular Accessibility Audit.
    2. The audit will cover the following three areas:
  • Access to the curriculum – the governing board will assess the extent to which pupils with disabilities can access the curriculum on an equal basis with their peers.
  • Access to the physical environment – the governing board will assess the extent to which pupils with disabilities can access the physical environment on an equal basis with their peers.
  • Access to information – the governing board will assess the extent to which pupils with disabilities can access information on an equal basis with their peers.
    1. When conducting the audit, the governing board will consider all kinds of disabilities and impairments, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Ambulatory disabilities – this includes pupils who use a wheelchair or mobility aid
  • Dexterity disabilities – this includes those whose everyday manual handling of objects and fixtures may be impaired
  • Visual disabilities – this includes those with visual impairments and sensitivities
  • Auditory disabilities – this includes those with hearing impairments and sensitivities
  • Comprehension – this includes hidden disabilities, such as autism and dyslexia
    1. The findings from the audit will be used to identify short-, medium- and long-term actions to address specific gaps and improve access.
    2. All actions will be carried out in a reasonable timeframe, and after taking into account pupils’ disabilities and the preferences of their parents.
    3. The actions that will be undertaken are detailed in the following sections of this document.

Access to Curriculum – action plan

Target

Who

Timescale

Outcomes / Success Criteria

Complete

Learning aids to be produced

SENCO

Ad hoc

Resources from whole school training made and available for use e.g. dyslexia friendly resources and resources for visually impaired pupils

In line with current pupils needs

Intervention training for support staff

SENCO

 

Support staff able to work with increased knowledge and provide appropriate resources for pupils

In line with current needs

Termly learning support meetings to take place to assess and address pupil needs.

 

SENCO

Via annual EHCP assessment

Pupil needs reviewed and being addressed.

 

In line with pupils personal plans

Training for teachers on differentiating the curriculum for disabled children as required.

 

Headteacher

Ad hoc

Teachers are able to more fully meet the requirements of disabled children’s needs with regards to accessing the curriculum.

Yes

Staff trained to meet individual medical needs of pupils where applicable.

 

Headteacher

Ad hoc

Staff completed training for specific needs.

 

Epi pen training and diabetes awareness training for relevant staff in line with pupil needs

Access to the Physical Environment – action plan

 

Target

Who

Timescale

Outcomes / Success Criteria

Complete

Ensure each area of the school has wheelchair access and egress.

 

 

The environment is adapted to the needs of pupils

Yes

Develop a disabled access toilet

 

Headteacher

 

A disabled access toilet available in each key stage with changing facilities.

Yes

Emergency systems to have visual alarms

 

Headteacher

 

Visual alarms fitted

 

Yes

All new internal doors accessible for wheelchair users.

 

Headteacher

 

Deputy / Headteacher

Newly installed doors to be wheelchair accessible.

 

Yes

Access to Information – action plan

Target

Who

Timescale

Outcomes / Success Criteria

Complete

Understand the needs of pupils and ensure information is available in relevant formats

  • Large print
  • Braille
  • Pictorial or symbolic representations

 

SENCO

Ad Hoc

Pupils have access to curriculum information and all other school information in a format that meets their needs

 

Ensure signage is suitable for non-readers, is clear and well situated

Headteacher

Ad Hoc

Pupils are able to navigate the school regardless of any disability

 

The school makes itself aware of the services available through the LA for converting written information into alternative formats

Headteacher

Ad Hoc

Pupils have access to curriculum information and all other school information in a format that meets their needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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