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Accessibility Plan

Introduction 

This plan has been written to meet the requirements of school to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils as stated in the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Code of Practice 2014. 

English Martyrs recognises its duty: 

 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. 

 

English Martyrs aims to: 

 Increase the extent to which disable pupils can participate in the curriculum. 

 Improve the physical environment of the school to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided. 

 Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils. 

 

This plan will be reviewed regularly and will be updated every three years. 

Definition of Disability under the Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability if: 

They have a physical or mental impairment that has an adverse, substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. 

 

English Martyrs provides all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated and adjusted to meet the needs of individual pupils and their preferred learning styles. We endorse the key principles 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. 

 

The three areas to be considered in the action plan are: 

a) Improving education and related activities. English Martyrs will seek and follow the advice of LA services, such as specialist teacher advisers and SEN advisers, and of appropriate health professionals from the NHS Trusts. 

b) Improving the physical environment. English Martyrs 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. 

 

 

c) Improving the provision of information. English Martyrs will make itself aware of local services, including those provided through the LEA, for providing information in alternative formats when required or requested. 

 

Contextual Information 

English Martyrs RC Primary School is a highly inclusive school. The large building, on extensive grounds, was formally two separate schools. An ongoing modernisation scheme, ensures that pupils have access to modern facilities. The EYFS is housed in the single storey section, which is fully accessible to the whole school community. There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor, which have alarm cords. 

Information about the school’s disabled population 

The school’s population often has children who have some kind of impairment, be it physical or mental. Some children have moderate and specific learning difficulties. 

Home visits are undertaken for all children beginning Nursery and Reception and if any children have additional needs the LA and health advisers are contacted for support and guidance. 

Many staff members hold current first aid qualifications. 

Transition meetings are held between class teachers each year. A thorough system of reviews takes place for children on the SEN register and those who have disabilities, including VI. Medical forms are signed by the head teacher and discusses medication use with parents. Where children have significant health problems, all appropriate adults are informed and photos are displayed on the staff notice board and/or the kitchen wall to hi-light a food allergy. 

How appropriate is the current provision? 

Staff are highly aware by effective communication of the issues faced by our disabled pupils and act to resolve them, e.g. adapting the timetable, lesson content and presentation of resources to ensure better accessibility, planning visits and clubs which are inclusive. Regular CPD addresses the inclusion agenda. 

Provision in an Emergency 

Children with specific physical needs have their own personal evacuation plans. Named adults are responsible for their evacuation in an emergency. We have regular evacuation practices for all children, including a procedure where we blow the whistle three times when we wish to evacuate the school grounds. 

Recent projects to improve the physical environment have included: 

Canopies to ensure EYFS access external space during inclement weather. 

Trim Trail installed in KS2 yard. 

 

Targets for 2018-21 and how we intend to achieve them. 

Monitoring will be undertaken by the Governing Body, with advice from key professionals.

Target 

Strategies 

Timescale 

Outcome 

Develop outdoor spaces to provide further opportunities for physical development. 

Apply for grant to fund installation of gym equipment. 

Sept 2018-Dec 2018 

Outdoor areas can be used for exercise before and after school, including community use in holiday period. 

Make SEN information more accessible for families. 

Make all materials accessible on the school website including access to support agencies. 

March 2018-July 2018 

Delivery of information to pupils and parents improved. 

Further staff training and staff CPD. 

The school will decide which members of staff would benefit from specific SEN training based on the needs of our SEN pupils. 

e.g. safer handling, ASD training. 

Ongoing 

Staff are able to more fully meet the requirements of disabled children’s needs with regards to accessing the curriculum. 

Check on new pupils and their needs. 

Home visits for FS children, liaise with previous setting, put targets into place if required. Sharron Macdonald to contact new families to arrange any support if required. 

Ongoing 

To ensure inclusion for all pupils. 

All school visits and trips need to be accessible to all pupils 

Ensure venues and means of transport are vetted for suitability. 

Develop guidance on making trips accessible 

Ongoing 

All pupils are able to access all school trips and take part in a range of activities