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Accessibility Action Plan
This Accessibility Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in relation to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010. The Governing Body is accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.
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 or belief 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.
At Barnby Road Academy we ensure we follow the Equality Act 2010 and ensure protection against discrimination, harassment and victimization (direct or indirect) for everyone under the nine characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. This includes Gender Reassignment (also known as Transgender).
The Accessibility Plan will be published on the school website.
Definition of special educational needs
In this policy, ‘special educational needs’ refers to a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision. The SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 Years (DfE, 2014) says children have a learning difficulty or disability if they:
• have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
• have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in mainstream schools or post-16 institutions; and
• are under compulsory school age and are likely to fall within either of the definitions above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.
Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught. Our Special Educational Needs Policy and Information Report outlines the school’s provision for supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and the Equality and Diversity Policy explains how we ensure equal opportunities for all our students, increased access to the curriculum, physical access to the school and access to information particular to students with SEND. This accessibility plan provides an outline of how the school will manage this part of the SEND provision.
Barnby Road Academy School Accessibility Plan - Improving the physical access
What will success look like?
To be aware of the access needs of disabled children, staff, Governors and parents/ carers
Maintain safety for visually and hearing-impaired people
Ensure there are enough fire exits around school that are suitable for people with a disability
Whole School Evacuation
Accessible car parking
Barnby Road Academy Accessibility Plan – Improving the curriculum access
What will success look like?
Access to learning/ in class provision
All school visits and trips need to be accessible to all pupils
All pupils are able to access all school trips and take part in a range of activities
Ensure disabled children can take part equally in whole school events, lunchtime and after school activities
Ensure all staff have specific training on disability issues
Communication with Parents