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Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

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Accessibility Plan

Meridian Community Primary School

Accessibility Plan         

April 2015-18

 

Introduction

 

Schools’ duties around accessibility for disabled pupils

Schools and LAs need to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. These are the same duties as previously existed under the Disability Discrimination Act and have been replicated in the Equality Act 2010  

 

Part 5A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) requires the governing body to:

 

  • promote equality of opportunity for disabled people: pupils, staff, parents, carers and other people who use the school or may wish to; and
  • prepare and publish a Disability Equality Scheme to show how they will meet these duties.

 

This Accessibility Plan and the accompanying action plan forms part of the Disability Equality Scheme and sets out how the governing body will improve equality of opportunity for disabled people. The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the DDA to cover education, so since 2002 the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils under part 4 of the DDA.

  • Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for reasons related to their disability
  • To make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage including potential adjustments which may be needed in the future.
  • To plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.

 

This plan sets out the proposals of the 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.

  • increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
  • improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
  • improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

 

It is a requirement that the school’s Accessibility Plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary. Attached is an action plan, (Appendix 1) showing how the school will address priorities identified in the plan.

 

This plan incorporates the school’s intention to increase access to education for disabled pupils.

In drawing up the Accessibility Plan the school has set the following priorities:

 

  • To provide safe access throughout the school for all school users, irrespective of their disability.
  • To ensure that the teaching and learning environment and the resources used are suitable for all staff and pupils, tailoring the requirements to suit individual needs.
  • To provide training to all staff regarding the needs of disabled people and how to provide assistance to enable them to enjoy the school experience as fully as possible.

 

At Meridian Primary School we are committed to establishing equality for all pupils, their parents, staff and other users of the school. This is reflected in our school vision and core values, which states:

  • have high expectations of all
  • have excellent inclusive teaching
  • develop positive and trusting relationships
  • ensure that all children have the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT
  • promote and support personal development, well being, mutual respect and citizenship
  • provide a safe, stimulating and challenging learning environment
  • provide a broad, balance, relevant and exciting curriculum
  • promote a positive attitude to learning and behaviour
  • promote working independently, co-operatively and as part of a team
  • recognise and celebrate achievement and diversity

 

Meridian Primary School values the contribution that every child can make and welcomes the diversity of culture, religion and intellectual style. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils, whatever their needs and abilities. The school seeks to raise achievement, remove barriers to learning and increase physical and curricular access to all. All children with SEND are valued, respected and equal members of the school.   Through extensive consultation the Haven’s schools worked together to create the Local Offer for Peacehaven and Newhaven

 

Equality of Opportunity

This school does not discriminate against children on the grounds of race, gender or ability. We seek to enable all children to have reasonable access to the curriculum.

 

It is the responsibility of the whole school community to implement this scheme in a manner which promotes the inclusive ethos of our school.

 

School Context

Meridian School is built on four levels, and has no lifts.  A report by the Health and Safety department stated that it is not possible to install stair lifts because the stairs are too narrow.  The KS1 and KS2 corridors are accessible to wheelchairs. There is no access for wheelchairs to the top level of the school.  However, ramps provide access to all levels of the playground.  There is a disabled toilet on the KS1 corridor.  All maintenance and building work are overseen by EMCOR, a maintenance contractor.

 

The Involvement of Disabled Children and Young People, Staff and Parents

 

  1. This accessibility plan will be shared with different stakeholders.

 

  1. According to the Act a “disabled person is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. The effect must be substantial, long term and adverse. The DDA definition of disability covers physical disabilities, sensory impairments and learning disabilities.

 

  1. Meridian Primary School is committed to equal opportunities and inclusion. This strategy should be considered alongside the following school policy documents:

 

  • Disability Equality Scheme
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
  • Equality Policy

 

  1. This plan considers the following three areas as identified in the introduction:

 

4.1 Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum by securing relevant staff training and ensuring appropriate classroom organisation

 

 4.2 Improving the physical environment of the school such as ramps and handrails as well as physical aids to access education such as specialist desks and ICT equipment.

 

4.3 Improving the delivery of information to disabled pupils which is already provided to pupils who are not disabled. This should be done within a reasonable period of time and in formats that take account of any views expressed by pupils or parents about their preferred means of communication such as Braille, audio tape, large print and the provision of information orally.

 

 

  1. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum

The school SEND policy ensures that staff identify, assess and arrange suitable provision for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. Working with the LA and Educational Psychology Service, the SENCo manages the Statutory Assessment Process, ensuring additional resources are available where appropriate.

The school Pastoral Team provides additional support for pupils and supports teachers in implementing strategies for improving pupils’ behaviour and access to learning.

 

The school works closely with specialist services including:

  • The Ethnic Minority Service
  • Hearing Impaired Children’s service
  • Sensory Support Service
  • Occupational Therapists and physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Speech and Language Facility
  •  Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service
  •  Language and Literacy Support Service
  •  Dialogue Counselling Service
  •  School Nursing Service
  • Educational Psychologist Service

 

  1. Improving access to the physical environment of the school

This element of the Planning Duty covers all areas of the physical environment such as external areas, buildings and fixtures and fittings. The aim is to continue to enhance the environment to meet the needs of all pupils and ensure that they have access to all aspects of education offered by Meridian Primary School.

 

  1. Improving the delivery of information to disabled persons Staff are aware of the services available through the LA for converting written information into alternative formats.

 

  1. This Access Improvement Plan is reviewed annually by the Governing Body. In addition it will be reviewed three yearly by a Working Party following consultation with the larger school community, the PTA, school council and questionnaires.

 

  1. Information on how to view this plan is included on the school website and in the school prospectus.

 

Appendix 1

 

Access to the Physical Environment

 

Priorities

lead person

Action

Resources

Timescales

Success criteria

Appropriate use of specialised equipment to benefit individual pupils and staff

School is aware of access needs of pupils

AHT

HT

Assessments made when necessary for staff and pupils

 

Create access plans for disabled children as part of their provision map/statement or EHP process

 

Meet with EMCOR to discuss height of handles

Costs met

When necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2015

School environment is accessible and no one is penalised through lack of access

School staff are aware of access issues

AHT

HT

Provide information and training on disability for all staff

 

By Summer 2015 and repeated every two years

Raised confidence of staff and governors in commitment to meet access needs

Provision of wheelchair accessible toilets with changing facilities

SBM

AHT

HT

Maintain a wheelchair accessible toilet

PFI refresh programme

In place and ongoing

Physical accessibility of school increased

Wheelchair accessible toilet in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit grab rails where necessary

SBM

AHT

HT

EMCOR

Maintain grab rails around school site, including classrooms and other appropriate locations.

Cost of new grab rails as needed.

In place and ongoing

Accessibility of school & play areas increased. Physically impaired pupils able to access all areas.

Investigate installation of lift to accommodate wheelchair users

SBM

AHT

HT

EMCOR

Currently children in Y1 and Y3 will need access to top floor in upper KS2 to avoid rearranging KS2 classrooms

Cost of lift and installation

Investigation by end of summer 2015

Installation by September 2016

Physical accessibility of school increased for all areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access to the Curriculum

 

Priorities

lead person

Action

Resources

Timescales

Success criteria

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

AHT

HT

Staff training and meetings with parents of SEN pupils arranged

 

Training for all staff in Makaton

Training time

TA time allocated

 

 

ongoing

 

 

By Term 1 2015

Increased access to the curriculum

Needs of all learners met

Appropriate use of specialised equipment to benefit individual pupils and staff

AHT

HT

 

Specific training in word processing skills through Touch Type Programme. Laptops

Sloping boards and adjustable tables for pupils with fatigue problems or physical disability.

Coloured overlays for pupils with visual difficulty.

Specially shaped pencils and pens for pupils with grip difficulty. Braille machine. Staff trained as appropriate.

Specialist equipment as listed

In place & ongoing

Increased access to the Curriculum

Needs of all learners met.

Training for teachers on differentiating the curriculum and effective communication with parents

AHT

HT

Staff training and meetings with parents of SEN pupils arranged

Writing school based plans with parents

Training time

TA time allocated

In place & ongoing

Increased access to the curriculum

Needs of all learners met

Parents fully informed

Ensure all pupils have access to a range of extra-curricular activities

AHT

HT

Check vulnerable pupils have equal access to extra-curricular activities in and out of school, and promote their inclusion

PPG and school budget

termly

Take up of extra-curricular activities is monitored to show full participation

Review all curriculum areas to ensure each one has taken into account disability issues

AHT

HT

 

 

 

 

 

Governors

a) Include specific reference to disability equality in all curriculum areas.

b) PSHE and Citizenship curriculum to address disability equality issues

d) where applicable provision maps to detail curriculum access to ensure disability equality

e) Each curriculum policy to include a sub heading Disability Equality in (subject name)

Non contact time for subject leaders

From March 2015 as policies are reviewed

Gradual introduction of disability issues into all curriculum areas

 

 

 

Access for the wider community to school documents and written communication

 

Priorities

 lead person

Action

Resources

Timescales

Success criteria

Availability of written material in alternative formats

HT

Staff aware of services available through LA

Disabled people aware of facilities through signs and newsletters etc. Improve availability of information for parents – display appropriate leaflets for parents to collect.

Parents with literacy difficulties are approached by staff on a one to one basis to explain any letters home.

Contact details & cost of translation / adaptation

ongoing

Information to disabled pupils / parents as appropriate.

Written information available in alternative formats.

Take-up of information leaflets by parents.

Parent Link services are available to parents

AHT

HT

Staff offer the services of parent link when appropriate

Parents of vulnerable children receive copies of Parent Link information

Add link about Parent Link onto website

Parent Link resources, newsletters etc

ongoing

Parents and carers are aware of information and services available to them

Ensure website is up to date

AHT

HT

Information about services, and the school are kept current

Update website to include all information for parents

 

Monthly updated

Information is available in a variety of formats