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Accessibility Policy and Information



Accessibility Plan

2019-2020

School Vision:

Our school vision is that all children will achieve a deep understanding of their world and their place in it. We believe that life has a purpose and that we each have an important unique role to play. We will celebrate together, value each person equally and live life with eyes wide open to opportunity, embracing new challenges with positivity and fearless endeavour!

School Motto:

‘Achieve, Believe and Celebrate’

Jeremiah 29v11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’

Statement of Intent

This accessibility plan outlines the proposals of the governing body of Criftins C of E Primary School to increase access to education for pupils with disabilities in the three areas required by the planning duties in the Equality Act 2010.

A person is regarded as having a disability under the Act where the person has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

The plan aims to:

  • Increase the extent to which pupils with disabilities can participate in the school curriculum.
  • Improve the environment of the school to increase the extent to which pupils with disabilities can take advantage of education, benefits, facilities and associated services provided.
  • Improve the availability of accessible information, which is readily available to other pupils, to pupils with disabilities.

The above aims will be delivered within a reasonable time frame and in ways which are determined after taking into account the pupil’s disabilities and the views of the parents/carers and pupil. In preparation of an accessibility strategy, the governing body must have regard to the need to allocate adequate resources in the implementation of the strategy.

The governing body also recognises its responsibilities towards employees with disabilities and will:

  • Monitor recruitment procedures to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities.
  • Provide appropriate support and provision for employees with disabilities to ensure that they can carry out their work effectively without barriers.
  • Undertake reasonable adjustments to enable to access the workplace.

The plan will be resourced, implemented reviewed and revised regularly in consultation with:

  • The parents/carers of pupils
  • The headteacher and other relevant members of staff
  • Governors
  • External partners

This plan is reviewed annually to take into account the changing needs of the schools and its pupils and where the school has undergone refurbishment.

 

Review November 2020

 

Action plan

Aim 1

To increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum

Our key objective is to reduce and eliminate barriers to access to the curriculum and to ensure full participation in the school community for pupils and prospective pupils with a disability.

 

Short term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome

Review

Ensure that the school’s environment is accessible.

Review of physical environment.

Health and Safety audit committee SENDCo and Headteacher

Autumn 2019

School is aware of accessibility barriers to its physical environment and will make a plan to address them

Annual Autumn Review

Ensure that all children regardless of disability to access a broad and balanced curriculum.

Whole school discussion SENDCo to monitor children on SEN register and Plan Do Reviews, PCPs Pupil progress meetings

SENDCo and headteacher to draw up and circulate PCPs after consultation with parents.

Autumn

Spring

Summer

All children will have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum and the outcomes for children with disabilities will be closely monitored by SENDCO and SLT

Termly

Accessibility log kept

Review PE curriculum to make PE accessible to all.

Gather information about PE and Sports for children with disabilities

Head teacher, SLT

H & S

SP sports lead, governor, EE (SEN TA) qualified Gym coach

Autumn

Spring

Summer

All children are able to access PE

Pupils can access School games

Annual Summer

2020

Survey to parents

Ensure that all staff have relevant training to be able to adapt the curriculum to the needs of children with disabilities.

Staff audit to identify training needs. Audit of teaching resources available to teachers and TAs

Head and SENDCo

Autumn

Spring Summer

Raised awareness and expertise of staff. Wider range of appropriate IT resources used to support engage and enable children with disabilities

Staff audit annually

Ensure that all children have equal access to lunchtime and after school activities

Survey participation and make sure TA support is available at lunchtime.

Headteacher SLT and SENDCo. All class teachers

Autumn 2019

 

Club registers review

Ensure that all children have access to school visits.

Ensure that planning process for school trips includes provision for children with disabilities

Headteacher, SLT, SENDco and all class teachers.

Autumn 2019

All school trips are accessible. Personal care plans for the visit are jointly drawn up with parent, child and school input.

During planning process

Medium term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome

Review

Future policies updated to include access to pupils with disabilities.

Build accessibility considerations into all curriculum policies and review annually

All curriculum lead teachers

At next policy review date as per schedule

All updated policies include provision for accessibility

Annually in line with policy review strategy

Provide advice to parents/ carers of children with disabilities on how they may support their learning in the core curriculum

Regular meetings as part of PCP review to agree targets to overcome barriers to learning. Personal care plans in place to ensure that all members of staff have relevant information.

All staff

Termly PCP meetings with class teacher and more frequent meetings with SENDCo if needed.

Parents are well informed and involved with their children’s learning. All staff have a very clear understanding of the specific needs of a child with a disability and factor this in to any medium and short term curriculum planning.

Termly by class teachers and monitored during Pupil progress meets with SLT

Long term target

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome

Review

Staff to receive appropriate training as highlighted by audit

Staff meeting CPD timetabled over the course of 2019/ 2020 to build staff knowledge. External agencies involved in delivery of training

All staff

2019/2020

All staff will be familiar with accessibility needs of children with disabilities.

Annually through performance management

Aim 2
To improve the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services.

Short term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcomes

Review

Audit of site to highlight needs.

Site visit to identify areas of need in terms of access for children with disabilities.

Headteacher H& S, governor SENDCo, building services

Autumn 2019

Accessibility issues identified and prioritised

Annually as part of site development

Ensure that all disabled pupils can be safely evacuated.

Put in place Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan(PEEP)as part of termly drill review

Headteacher, Building services H& S governor SENDCo

Autumn 2019

All children with disabilities can be safely evacuated

On admission of a child/member of staff with high needs and/or annually.

 

Medium term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome

Review

Improve ease of accessibility for physically disabled including wheelchair users and those with impaired movement.

Consider access into school from playground. Ensure lift is maintained annually.

Headteacher, Building services, H & S governor SENDCo

Autumn 2019

All areas of the school will be accessible and welcoming.

Annually

To ensure school grounds are accessible and

available and steps can be successfully negotiated.

Two ramps into KS1 and hall. Lift into main corridor.

Headteacher,

Building services, H&S governor,

SENDCo

Autumn 2019

All areas of the school will be accessible and welcoming

Annually

Ensure that the site is accessible to those with hearing and sight disabilities.

Site survey to incorporate accessibility into health and safety audit and update accessibility policy as a result of this annual audit.

Headteacher, H&S governor,

SENDCo

Autumn 2019

All areas of the school will be accessible and welcoming

Annually

Long term targets

To regularly review the physical environment

Site survey to incorporate accessibility into health and safety audit and update accessibility policy as a result of this annual audit.

Headteacher SENDCo

 H & S governor Building services.

September  2019

School is accessible to all

Annually and weekly through the H/S monitoring form.

 

Aim 3

To improve the delivery of written information to disabled pupils and parents

Short term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome 

Review

Availability of written materials in different formats

Parents asked if written material is accessible. Pupil registration forms to include needs of parents/pupils. Staff to identify specific needs of individual pupils. Statutory test format adjusted appropriately for children with specific needs.

Admin staff- admission forms. EYFS staff - EYFS induction forms. 

Class teachers to audit needs of pupils with disabilities and share with SENDCo for inclusion on PCP.

Autumn 2019

All children and parents able to access written information

July 2020

Medium term targets

Target

Strategies

Who

When

Outcome

Review

Audit of website to ensure that all information on the website is accessible and signposting to Local Offer is effective.

Audit of information delivery procedures and signposting to Shropshire Local Offer

SENDCO and Headteacher

SEN governor

Autumn 2019

School is aware of accessibility gaps in information delivery on the website and website is fully accessible

July 2020

In addition- annual audit from website provider 

Long term targets

Develop an inclusion leaflet, giving advice to parents when necessary

Use Shropshire Local Offer website to source information and internet-based research to underpin pedagogy

SENDCo/ Headteacher

Spring 2019 

Increased information available at local level to parents and carers of children with disabilities 

February 2020

Review provision annually to ensure that it reflects the needs of children within the school

Use admission information to screen for disability needs. Set up early meetings with EYFS admissions to explore specific needs Seek advice from inclusion services

SENDCO EYFS teacher Headteacher

Autumn 2019

Accurate and up to date information about the needs of the children in school drives regular audit and improvement cycle

December 2019

 

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