Accessibility Plan

Name of Policy:ACCESSIBILITY PLAN
Date first adopted:2014
How often to be
reviewed:
Every three years
Reviewed8th October 2014
Reviewed10th January 2018
Reviewed
Reviewed
Reviewed
Reviewed
Reviewed byStudent Development Committee

The Purbeck School Accessibility Plan January 2018

1. We are committed to providing an accessible environment which values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

2. The Purbeck School plans, over time, to ensure the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

3. An Accessibility Plan will be drawn up to cover a three year period. The plan will be monitored annually.

4. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to:

i) Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary. This covers reasonable adjustments to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education and may change as stake holders needs change.

ii) Increase the access for students with a disability, expanding and making reasonable adjustments to the curriculum as necessary to ensure that students with a disability are as, equally, prepared for life as are the able-bodied students in accordance with the DDA. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, extra curricular activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these students in accessing the curriculum.

iii) Improve and make reasonable adjustments to the delivery of written information to students, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. Examples might include hand-outs, timetables, textbooks and information about the school and school events.  The information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable time frame as requested.

5. The Action Plan for physical accessibility has been developed with the help of a student that uses a wheelchair to get around the school every day, as well as the assessments made daily by the site team. It may not be feasible to undertake some of the works during the life of this Accessibility Plan and therefore some items will roll forward to subsequent plans. The audit will need to be revisited prior to the end of each three year plan period in order to inform the development of the new Plan for the following period.

6. As curriculum design is reviewed this will take into account the needs of all stake holders.

7. The School Brochures will make reference to this Accessibility Plan.

8. The School’s complaints procedure covers the Accessibility Plan.

9. Information about our Accessibility Plan will be published on the School’s website.

10. The Plan will be monitored through the Student Development Committee.

11. The Plan will be monitored by Ofsted as part of their inspection cycle.

12. We acknowledge that there is a need for on-going awareness raising and training for staff and governors in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.

January 2018

 

Improving the physical environment at the Purbeck School

Following the extensive building programme in the school many environmental items have been installed to vastly improve accessibility around the school site.  These include installation of an additional lift in Reception, provision of two accessible toilets, a shower and washroom for provision of personal care, ramps to external entrances, light and airy classrooms and much improved circulation space in all areas.  The following identify some further areas to be improved.

Reference Item Action Responsibility Timescale Cost
PE 1 Hearing Loop Installation of a hearing loop to main reception and one meeting room Premises manager and site team By September 2020 £500
PE2 Wheelchair access Improve the unevenness of the boiler house quad. Premises manager and site team Ongoing £200
PE3 Improve access for visually impaired Carry out survey of school with visually impaired users and improve environment using paintwork. Health & safety officer & site team By September 2018 £250
PE4 Support for students with medical needs involving fatigue To buy a second wheel chair to be kept at School to support students in moving around the site so that they are not causing themselves unnecessary fatigue. Student services team By February 2018 £150

 

Improving the delivery of written information at the Purbeck School

The Purbeck School has already made considerable progress in this area as all our written information including school brochures, letters home and newsletters for parents and carers are available on our website and can therefore be enhanced as required by individual users who may have visual impairment or other difficulties.  Much of our communication is now done via email and text message and individuals can then use their own technology at home to make this accessible for them using suitable software. We will strive to improve this service further.

Reference Item Action Responsibility Timescale Cost
WI 1 Alternative formats for written information The school will make itself aware of the services available for converting written information into alternative formats and be able to make them available when requested for individual purposes. Support services manager Ongoing as requests are made Dependant on uptake
WI 2 Audience appropriate written communication Raise the awareness of all staff working at and for the school on the importance of good, audience appropriate communications systems.

Arrange training sessions where appropriate.

Senior leadership team Ongoing and continually being reviewed Nil

 

Improving the delivery of the curriculum at the Purbeck School

Accessibility of the curriculum to all students is a high priority for the Purbeck School and investment has been made in a number of software packages to support students with barriers to learning including Sound Training and Read Write Gold. Students are provided with training on the the Read Write Gold software and take part in a number of interventions to improve their ability to access the curriculum and achieve their potential. A considerable investment has also been made in additional staff to work specifically on literacy and numeracy skills for our key stage 3 students providing specialist intervention to students who have difficulties in accessing the curriculum.

Reference Item Action Responsibility Timescale Cost
 

CA 1

NUT FREE school Continue with NUT FREE policy.  Food technology to take on board the need to review recipes and monitor student’s ingredients for risk of contamination.

Canteen and school staff to work together to support student allergy needs as they arise in order to make the student feel safe and supported.

Epi-pen training for staff.

Health & safety officer, canteen staff & food technology teachers September 2017 and ongoing. Nil
 

CA 2

Dissemination of information re SEN students and provision of equipment that is needed. Teachers given full information about the specific needs of students in their classes and well as general information and guidance on how to help students with specific needs via PIMS.

Students provided with overlays, writing slopes and computers when appropriate.

Student services team September 2017 and ongoing Nil
CA 3 Extra-curricular activities, trips and visits All out-of-school activities will be reviewed to ensure compliance with legislation, ensuring wide participation All Staff By December 2017 Nil
CA 4 Wheelchair access and use around the school. Training given to support staff and guidance given to all staff about how to safely push a wheelchair.

A second school wheelchair is needed.

Health & Safety Officer By February 2018 Taken account of above PE4