School Accessibility Plan 2015-2017

The SEN Code of Practice 0-25 Years (2014) continued to extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education, alongside the Equality Act (2010). Since September, 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled students, under Part 4 of the DDA:

Introduction

The SEN Code of Practice 0-25 Years (2014) continued to extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education, alongside the Equality Act (2010). Since September, 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled students, under Part 4 of the DDA :
*not to treat disabled students less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
*to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students, so they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
*to plan to increase access to education for disabled students.

The School Accessibility Plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body to increase access to education for disabled students (Appendix A) in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA and relates closely to the Disability Equality Scheme.

Vision Statement

The Radclyffe School is committed to developing self-confident and independent students by offering a personalised inclusive curriculum that ensures students with a recognised disability have an entitlement to fulfil their personal excellence and equip them for life in the 21st Century.

This will be achieved by :
*carrying out a termly audit of need that raises awareness of the nature of the school population for whom the school is planning;
*using a range of data to implement ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students already in the school, moving through it and planning for future intakes;
*raising staff awareness of what the DDA requires of them;
*monitoring participation, access and outcomes in line with our quest for ‘personal excellence’ and the SEN Code of Practice.
*ensuring school policies, practices and procedures have regard to the Disability Equality Scheme and are incorporated into the whole school and individual Faculty SCIP (Single Continuous Improvement Plan);
*ensuring the plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary;
*ensuring the action plan is available on the school website, that it is readable and available in different formats.

Attached is a set of plans showing how the school will address the main priorities for:
A. Increasing the extent to which disabled students can participate in the school curriculum.
B. Improving the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled students can take advantage of education and associated services.
C. Improving the delivery to disabled students of information that is provided in writing for students who are not disabled.

Appendix A

The definition of a disability :
A disabled person (child or adult) is someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

Definition of the terms :
‘physical impairment’ includes sensory impairment;