Accessibility

Accessibility Plan 2017 - 2020

Responsibility:Resources Committee
Reviewed:June 2018
Next review date:June 2019
Key legislation:Equality Act 2010
This policy should be read in conjunction with:Curriculum policy, Equality Objectives, Single Equality Policy, Staff development policy, Health and Safety policy, Special Educational Needs policy, Behaviour Management policy, School Development plan, Asset Management plan, School prospectus and Vision Statement

Vision and values

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to show how Axe Beacon Federation Schools intend, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils.  Axe Beacon Federation is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.


Definition of Disability

According to the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if:

  1. He or she has a physical or mental impairment.
  2. The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

 

Legal Background

Under the Equality Act 2010 all schools must have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The effect of the laws is the same as in the past, meaning that ‘Schools cannot lawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation’.

This plan has been drawn up based upon information supplied by the Local Authority, and in conjunction with pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and will advise other school planning documents.

This Accessibility Plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of our school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the following three areas:

  1. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum; which includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school, such as participation in after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits;
  2. Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
  3. Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

 

Documents and policies

The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the school policies, strategies and documents set out at the start of this document.

Our complaints procedure covers the accessibility plan.

 

Training

Whole school training will recognise the need to continue raising awareness for staff and governors on equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010.

 

Plan Availability

The school makes the Accessibility Plan available in the following ways:

  • A copy is posted on the school’s website
  • A paper copy is available from the school office

 

Review and Evaluation

It is a requirement that our accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually. The appendices below are a set of action plans showing how Axe Beacon Federation Schools will address the priorities identified in the plan. The plan is valid for three years 2017-20. It is reviewed annually.

Appendix 1 - Colyton aims and objectives

AimCurrent good practice Include established practice and practice under developmentObjectives State short, medium and long-term objectivesActions to be takenPerson responsibleDate to complete actions bySuccess criteria
Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disabilityColyton offers a differentiated curriculum for children of all abilities and uses specific resources to ensure certain pupils are able to access the curriculum fullyColyton offers a differentiated curriculum for children of all abilities and uses specific resources to ensure certain pupils are able to access the curriculum fully Training for staff (including medical) - Monitor CPD training within performance management - Training undertaken by TAs (***) - Review effectiveness of training and implementation of interventions relating to training - Success of interventions to be monitored HoS SENDCo December 2018- Training has led to the use of targeted, specific and successful intervention - Further gaps in training needs identified - Children with disability are able to access the curriculum and are closing the gap in attainment
Support from outside agencies is sought when needed Staff and pupils are supported by outside agencies effectively - Agencies invited to all meeting when required - Advice is fed back to teachers and TAs - Advice needs to be reflected on individual plans, my plans and behaviour care plans. HoS SENDCo Teaching staff December 2018- My plans and individual plans reflect advice from outside agencies and are reviewed termly and with parents - Children’s academic attainment, presentation and engagement with education is improved and measured
Improve and maintain access to the physical environmentChildren with physical difficulties are able to access most areas of school. There are ramps and a lift to access Key Stage 1/FS/Year 5 class and ICT suite. Access to Y6 classroom is level. Both main playgrounds are accessible as is the FS playground/little playground. There is an accessible toilet and medical room with hoists. There is good provision for children with sensory needs through the sensory room ad individual sensory programmes. Improve access to Year 3 and 4 classes. Currently these have steps. The sensory impact of the school environment is minimised. Investigate ways of making year 3 and 4 classrooms more accessible to avoid having to use steps. Sensory audit of the school to ensure all areas are accessible to children with sensory needs. HoS SENCo Premises Manager GC/SS July 2019 All classrooms are accessible. Updated audit shows that all areas of the school are accessible to children with sensory needs or that the effect is minimised as much as possible.
Improve the delivery of written information to pupilsChildren with disabilities are supported with visual aids in classrooms such as visual timetables. Individual pupils have visual aids to help with emotion regulation/communication needs e.g. emotion cards. Children with dyslexia use coloured overlays for reading. Staff use now/next boards with individual children. 5 point scale is used with individual children. Improve the quality of written information around school and in classrooms- Ensuring all classes have visual timetables - Ensure labelling is accompanied by visual aids e.g. photographs/widgit symbols and that this is consistent throughout school. - Labelling on classroom doors will show which staff are in each room(photographs) - Smart board backgrounds should not be white to reduce visual stress for those children with dyslexia. - For those children with dyslexia, use coloured exercise books/coloured worksheets. SENCO All staff April 2019Audit shows: All written material used in school readily is accessible to all children. All staff actively use visual timetables with their classes. Classrooms are dyslexia friendly. Labelling around school is accessible and consistent.

Appendix 2 - Access audit

FeatureDescriptionAction to be takenPerson responsibleDate to complete actions by
Number of storeysYear 3 and 4 – There are 5 steps to the classroom Staff Room - Staff room has steep steps, would need to consider changing if member of staff could access steps. This area is not accessed by children Access to the school office is via 3 steps for access using a wheelchair the main gate is used. Access from the office to the school site does not have a smooth grounding and there is a door-frame to step over. To access the school in a wheelchair access would be through the year 6 classroom Rest of school has level access or ramps Access would need to be considered for Year 3 and 4 class/Staff Room if required Investigate lowering the step from the office to the school site Investigate ramp for access to the main office. Premises ManagerIf required
Corridor accessCorridors are accessible by wheelchairsEnsure enough storage so that cloakroom is clear enough to pass throughHead of SchoolOn going
SignageAccessible toilet has a symbol on it
Fire alarmsAuditory fire alarms in placeEnsure that routine practices include all areas. Come up with a plan so that classes can be evacuated without the siren going off Head of School Premises Manager At least termly
DoorsAll external doors open outwards and are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, they all have windows in them so that they can see through the door from wheelchair heightEnsure that the window parts are not obscured Doors that do not have windows to be replaced as part of maintenance All staff
Emergency escape routesWell labelled throughout the schoolBe vigilant to missing signs Ensure clear access at all timesAll staff