This plan is drawn up in accordance with the planning duty in the Equality Act 2010.
Definition of Disability
Disability is defined by the Equality Act 2010 (EA):
“You’re disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.”
To reduce and eliminate barriers to access to the curriculum and to full participation in the school community for pupils, and prospective pupils, with a disability.
- Compliance with the EA is consistent with the school’s aims and equal opportunities policy, and the operation of the school’s policies and practices;
- The school recognises its duty under the EA 2010:
- not to discriminate against disabled pupils in their admissions and exclusions, and provision of education and associated services
- not to treat disabled pupils less favourably
- to take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage
- to publish an Accessibility Plan.
- In performing their duties, governors and staff will have regard to the Department for Education and OFSTED publications;
- The school recognises and values parents’ knowledge of their child’s disability and its effect on his/her ability to carry out normal activities, and respects the parents’ and child’s right to confidentiality;
- The school provides all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated and adjusted to meet the needs of individual pupils and their preferred learning styles; and endorses the key principles in the National Curriculum 2000 framework, which underpin the development of a more inclusive curriculum:
- setting suitable learning challenges
- responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.
This section outlines the main activities which the school will undertake, and is planning to undertake, to achieve the key objective (above).
a) Education & related activities
The school will continue to seek and follow the advice of LA services, such as specialist teacher advisers and SEN inspectors/advisers, and of appropriate health professionals from the local NHS Trusts.
The lead teacher in this is Mrs Amin as she has SEN qualifications.
b) Physical environment
The school will take account of the needs of pupils and visitors with physical difficulties and sensory impairments when planning and undertaking future improvements and refurbishments of the site and premises, such as improved access, lighting, acoustic treatment and colour schemes, and more accessible facilities and fittings.
All teaching classrooms are well lit and are on the ground floor with no need for climbing any ramp or stairs!
c) Provision of information
The school will make itself aware of local services, including those provided through the LA, for providing information in alternative formats when required or requested.
Mr Sulaiman Ahmed (trustee) will prepare the training programme in conjunction with Sheffield City Council.
d) Financial planning and control
The Headteacher with Senior Management Team, together with the Finance Committee will review the financial implications of the School Accessibility Plan as part of the normal budget review process. The objective is that over time School Accessibility Plan will be integrated into the School Development Plan.