Adopted: October 2018
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.
Stradbroke Primary Academy has four core values that drive the school forward in everything we do including an entirely inclusive school and curriculum for all of our pupils. They are:
- Highest expectations
- Supportive and caring
- Love of learning
- Happy and confident
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.
Occupational therapists work with the school to support two of our pupils to ensure they continually access their learning and the curriculum in school. They work in partnership with school staff. Other services such as CEPP and the local authority support the school and work with school staff to implement actions from pupils EHCP that are current in the school.
Our school’s complaints procedure covers the accessibility plan. If you have any concerns relating to accessibility in school, this procedure sets out the process for raising these concerns.
We have included a range of stakeholders in the development of this accessibility plan, including staff and governors of the school.
Legislation and guidance
The Equality Act 2010 defines an individual as disabled if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on his or her 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 own Trust’s funding agreement and articles of association.
The action plan below sets out the aims of our accessibility plan in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
This document will be reviewed every year, but may be reviewed and updated more frequently if necessary.
It will be reviewed by the Principal Mrs T Blake in October 2019.
Links with other policies
This accessibility plan is linked to the following policies and documents:
- Risk assessment policy
- Health and safety policy
- Equality information and objectives (public sector equality duty) statement for publication
- Special educational needs (SEN) information report
- Supporting pupils with medical conditions policy
- Individual Risk Assessments
- Occupational Health support and recommendations