The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education. Since September 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils, under Part 4 of the DDA:
This plan sets out the proposals of the Proprietor/Governing Body of the school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:
It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually. Attached is a set of action plans showing how the school will address the priorities identified in the plan.
The School’s Context
Barley Close Primary school is a mainstream school for boys and girls age range 4 years to 11 years old. The school comprises of 4 school buildings.
The School’s Aims
We are working within a national framework for educational inclusion provided by:
Our Aims are to provide:
Current good practice:
We aim to ask about any disability or health condition in early communications with new parents and carers as part of our school admission procedure.
All entrances to the school are either flat or ramped and have wide doors. The lobby is fully accessible for wheelchair users. There are disabled toilet facilities available fitted with a handrail and a pull emergency cord. The school has internal emergency signage and escape routes are clearly marked.
We support pupils with both physical disabilities and learning needs to access areas of the curriculum they find difficult. Where PE is a challenge for physically impaired pupils we seek expert advice for identified individual needs.
We consult with experts when new situations regarding pupils with disabilities are experienced.