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BECKMEAD FAMILY OF SCHOOLS ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

This accessibility plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Local Authority, pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and covers the period September 2014 – March 2017.

We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

The Beckmead Family of Schools plans over time to increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to:

  • Improve access to the physical environment to the school, adding specialist facilities where necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education.
  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally prepared for life as the able-bodied pupils; (if a school fails to do this they are in breach of the DDA). This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum.
  • Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. Examples might include handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about the school and school events. The information should be made available in various preferred formats and within a reasonable timeframe.

Attached are Action Plans relating to these key aspects of accessibility. These plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis. New Plans will be drawn up every three years.

We acknowledge that there is a need for ongoing awareness raising and training for staff and governors in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.

The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following policies, strategies and documents:

  • Curriculum
  • Equal opportunities and diversity
  • Staff development
  • Health & safety (including off-site safety)
  • SEN policy
  • Behaviour management
  • School improvement plan
  • Asset management plan
  • School mission statement
  • Teaching and learning policy

The Action Plan for physical accessibility relates to the Access Audit of the School, which is undertaken by the Local Authority. It may not be feasible to undertake some of the works during the life of this Accessibility Plan and therefore some items will roll forward into subsequent plans. The audit will need to be revised prior to the end of each three year plan in order to inform the development of the new plan for the following period.

As curriculum policies are reviewed, a section relating to access will be added to that on Equality and Diversity. The terms of reference for all governors’ committees will contain an item on ‘having regard to matters relating to Access.’

The school website will make reference to this Accessibility Plan.

The school’s complaints procedure will cover the Accessibility Plan.

The Plan will be monitored through the Business Strategy Committee of the Board of Governors.

The school will work in partnership with the local education authority in developing and implementing this plan and will adopt in principle the Local Authority, Access to Learning. The Plan will be monitored by Ofsted as part of their inspection cycle.

BECKMEAD FAMILY OF SCHOOLS ACCESSIBILITY PLAN 2014-2017
IMPROVING THE PHYSICAL AND CURRICULUM ACCESS

  1. Short Term:
    Targets Strategies Outcome Timeframe Goals achieved
    Ensure parents/carers with visual disability have equal opportunity to access information from school Highlight on all school documentation that goes to parents that it is available in larger print on request Format of documentation altered appropriately As required
    Ensure the curriculum can be accessed by all children Check timetables and resources are not a barrier to any individual’s or group’s access to the curriculum All children access all aspects of the curriculum Ongoing The school reacts to the needs of the children so that the curriculum is accessible
    Any decorating work within the school is sympathetic to the visually impaired or autistic children Advice taken re lighting and colour schemes before any further decorating takes place The school decorates in a way that is sympathetic to the visually impaired/autistic As required
  2. Medium Term:
    Targets Strategies Outcome Timeframe Goals achieved
    To ensure the school develops children’s awareness of disability Ensure there are some learning resources (books etc) that show positive examples of people with disabilities in a positive light.

    Invite people with disabilities in to school eg wheelchair users, guide dog users, signing choirs

    Use opportunities to show people with disabilities in a positive light eg Paralympics (Ade Adepitan opening sports hall)
    When needed, the school provides written materials in alternative formats.

    The school arranges signers for parents with hearing difficulties to access meetings.
    As required

    From Sept 2014

    Ongoing
  3. Long Term:
    Targets Strategies Outcome Timeframe Goals achieved
    Any future plans for further development of the building take DDA issues into account Work with LA and architects when planning modernisations. Where it can be reasonably achieved, the school building continues to be accessible for all. From 2014