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Equality Objectives

Under the Equality Act 2010 schools should have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion and sexual orientation”. According to the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability if:

(a) He or she has a physical or mental impairment, and

(b) The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

 

The Accessibility Plan has been written to set out how we comply with the Equality Act 2010 and was last updated in May 2017.

 

The three main areas considered (school's equality objectives are) in this action plan are:

1. Improving educational provision The school will continue to seek and follow the advice of LEA services, such as specialist advisers (sensory and MLD) appropriate health advisers (SaLT, physio and occupational therapist) and health professionals from local NHS Trust.

2. Improving the physical environment The school will take into account the needs of the pupils and visitors with physical difficulties and sensory impairments on site and when planning and undertaking future improvements and refurbishments of the site and premises, including colour schemes, access, lighting and accessible facilities.

3. Improving the provision of information

 

These objectives have been placed into an action plan:

 

Action Plan

Access to the Physical Environment

Targets

Strategies

Timescale

Responsibility

Success Criteria

Training for staff on effective strategies to support pupils with special educational needs

Staff Training:

- SLCN

- Down’s Syndrome

- ASD

September 2016- July 2017

SENCo

Increased access to the curriculum. The needs of all learners are met. Progress is ‘good’ for all children.

Training for staff on increasing access to the curriculum for disabled pupils

Staff Training:

- Sign Language

September 2017- December 2017

SENCo

Increased access to the curriculum. The needs of all learners are met.

Appropriate use of specialised equipment

Provide sloping boards and adjustable tables for pupils with a physical disability.

Provide coloured overlays for pupils with a visual impairment.

Provide specially shaped pencils and grips for pupils with fine motor difficulties.

Provide individual work stations.

September 2016- December 2016

SENCo

Increased access to the curriculum. The needs of all learners are met. Progress is ‘good’ for all children.

 

Access to the Curriculum

Targets

Strategies

Timescale

Responsibility

Success Criteria

Improve signage to indicate access routes around the school

Provide signs to indicate disabled parking bays and wheelchair friendly routes around the school. Provide access plan of school building in reception areas.

Provide access plan of the school in Braille.

July 2017

Premises Manager

Signage is in place

Maintain safe access around the exterior of the school

Ensure that pathways are kept clear. Ensure that grounds maintenance contractors know which areas to prioritise

Review last week of every half term

Premises Manager

Reports show pathways have been kept clear

Maintain safe access around the interior of the school

Ensure all corridors are kept clear

Ongoing

All staff

Daily walk around by SLT show corridors are clear

Ensure that emergency escape routes are clear and known by all staff

Ensure Fire Evacuation Plan in place and understood by all staff

Ongoing

Premises manager

All staff

Daily walk around by SLT show corridors are clear

 

Access to Information

Targets

Strategies

Timescale

Responsibility

Success Criteria

Provide written material in alternative formats

Use the Borough provision for translation

As requires

Office Manager

Translations provided and usable.

 

 

 

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