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Accessibility Plan

Limes Farm Infants and Nursery School Accessibility Plan 2016-2018

 

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to show how Limes Farm Infants and Nursery School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils.

 

Definition of Disability

A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

 

Legal Background

In line with the Equalities Act 2010, Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 2002,1995. It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary.

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 of the DDA:

  • increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum, which includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school, such as participation in after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits;
  • improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services, which includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education.
  • improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled. eg. handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about school events. The information should take account of the pupils` disabilities and the preferred format of pupils and parents and be made available within a reasonable timeframe.

Limes Farm Infants and Nursery School aims to treat all stakeholders, including pupils, prospective pupils, staff, governors and other members of the school community favourably and, wherever possible, takes reasonable steps to avoid placing anyone at a substantial disadvantage. The school aims to work closely with disabled pupils, their families and any relevant outside agencies in order to remove or minimise any potential barriers to learning, which puts them at a disadvantage, but allows them to learn, achieve and participate fully in school life. The school is active in promoting positive attitudes to disabled people in the school and in planning to increase access to education for all disabled pupils.

As part of the school’s continued communication with parents, carers and other stakeholders we continually look at ways to improve accessibility through data collection, questionnaires and parental discussions.

 

Contextual Information

 

The school is a single storey building with two sets of stairs internally.  There is a ramp up to the school entrance and a ramp to the Nursery building. There is a ramp up to the demountable classroom situated in the playground. In the Nursery there is also a disabled toilet. Double doors are on the front and the back of the school.  We have a disabled parking bay located near the front entrance. The Computer Suite has low level surface that can accommodate a wheelchair. Dining room tables have fixed stools but there is space for a wheelchair at the end of the tables. All classrooms apart from 2 have wide access doors as well as the library. All reasonable adjustments would be made for a child with additional accessibility requirements should it be necessary.

 

The Current Range of Disabilities within Limes Farm Infants and Nursery School

 

The school has children with a range of disabilities which include Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Physical Neurological Impairment and Speech Language and Communication Difficulties. When children enter school with specific disabilities, the school contacts the local authority professionals for assessments, support and guidance for the school and parents. Staff receive regular training and support to meet these diverse needs. We have a few children who have asthma, allergies and food intolerances. All staff are aware of these children. Inhalers are kept in the office and a record of use is noted. All medical information is collated and available to staff, on the staff notice board. We have competent First Aiders who hold current First Aid certificates. All medication is kept in a central safe and secure place which has easy access for First Aiders and staff members. Administration of Medicines consent forms are filled in by parents outlining the illness and amount and time of medication. All medication that is given is recorded.

 

Limes Farm Infants and Nursery School 2016-18

Targets

Strategies

Outcome

Timeframe

Achieved

EQUALITY AND INCLUSION

To ensure that the accessibility plan is regularly discussed at Governing Body meetings

Including in regular agenda

Adherence to legislation

Annually

 

To improve staff awareness of disability issues

Review staff training needs. Provide training for members of the school community as appropriate

Whole school community are of issues

On-going

 

To ensure that all policies consider the implications of disability access

Consider during review of policies

Policies reflect current legislation

On-going

 

To ensure that any child recovering from serious medical condition has minimal risk of contracting infections while in school

Parents to be reminded of the need to inform the school about infections

School is informed by parents of any infections

On-going

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

To ensure that, where possible, buildings and grounds are accessible for all children and adults

 

 

 

Audit of accessibility to building and grounds to be carried out. Suggest actions as budget allows

Modifications made as appropriate

On-going

 

CURRICULUM

To continue to train staff to enable them to meet the needs of children with a range of SEN

SENCo to review the needs of children and provide training/support as apporpriate

Staff can enable all children to access the curriculum

On-going

 

To ensure that all children are able to access all out of school activities e.g. clubs, trips, visits

Review of out of school provision to ensure compliance with legislation

All providers of out of school education will comply with legislation to ensure that the needs of all children are met.

On-going

 

To provide specialist equipment to promote participation in learning by all pupils

Assess the needs of the children in each class and provide equipment as needed e.g. special grips, headphones, writing slopes etc

Barriers to learning will be reduced or removed, enabling children to achieve their full potential

Annually

 

WRITTEN/OTHER INFORMATION

To ensure that all parents and other members of school community can access information

Written information will be provided in other formats as necessary e.g. large print, coloured paper

Written information will be provided in other formats as necessary e.g. large print, coloured paper

As needed

 

To ensure that parents who cannot attend school because of disability, can access parents’ evening

Staff to contact parents by phone or send home written information

Parents are informed of children’s progress

Termly

 

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