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St James' Church of England

Primary School & Nursery

Accessibility Policy & Plan

Saint James’ Church of England

Primary School & Nursery

 

 

 

 

Our Vision

 

‘A Christian Community Achieving Excellence and Equality’

 

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Accessibility Plan

 

Date: Spring 2021 Review Date Spring 2024

Purpose of Plan

This plan shows how St. James Church of England Primary School and Nursery intends to ensure the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors.

 

Areas of planning responsibilities

Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum (this 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 access to the physical environment of schools (this includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education).

 

Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils (this will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils. The information should take account of pupils’

disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable timeframe.

 

Contextual Information

St. James’ Church of England Primary School is a one-story building in two parts, an original building and a ‘new’ building, which is now seven years old. We also have two demountable classrooms used for our Nursery and an alternative provision classroom for pupils with SEND. Each of the main buildings has a disabled toilet. The ‘new’ building has a disabled toilet with a changing bed and a hoist.

 

Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum.

Improving teaching and learning lies at the heart of the school’s work. Through self- review and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), we aim to enhance staff knowledge, skills and understanding to promote and maintain excellent teaching and learning for all children. We aim to meet every child’s needs within mixed ability, inclusive classes.

 

 

Accessibility Plan 2018-21

 

 

Target

 

 

Strategies

Time-

Responsibility

Success Criteria

 

 

scale

 

 

Increase confidence of all staff in mastery of the curriculum

Be aware of staff training needs on curriculum access

On-going and as required

 

BF

Raised staff confidence in strategies for mastery and increased pupil participation

 

Assign CPD for Mastery

 

 

 

 

Be aware of staff training needs

 

 

 

Ensure classroom support staff have specific training on disability issues

 

Staff access appropriate CPD

 

As required

 

SENCO

 

Raised confidence of support staff

 

Online learning modules if required

 

 

 

 

 

Ensure all staff are aware of disabled children’s curriculum access

Set up a system of individual access plans for disabled pupils when required

 

Information sharing with all agencies involved with child

 

 

As required

 

 

 

SENCO

 

 

All staff aware of individuals needs

Use ICT software to support learning

Make sure software installed where needed

As required

 

ICT - SH

Wider use of SEN resources in

classrooms

 

 

All educational visits to be accessible to all

Develop guidance for staff on making trips accessible

 

Ensure each new venue is vetted for

appropriateness

 

 

As required

 

 

HT/EVC

 

All pupils in school able to access all educational visits and take part in a range of activities

 

Review PE curriculum to ensure PE accessible to all

Gather information on accessible PE and disability sports

 

Seek disabled sports people to come into

school

 

 

As required

 

 

PE-DP

 

 

All to have access to PE and be able to excel

          
 

Improving access to the physical environment of the school

 

 

Target

 

Strategies

Time-scale

Responsibility

Success criteria

 

The school is aware of the access needs of disabled pupils, staff, governors, parent/carers and visitors

To create access plans for individual disabled pupils as part of the EHCP process when required

 

Be aware of staff, governors and parents/carers access needs and meet as appropriate

 

Through questions and discussions find out the access needs of parents/carers through newsletter

 

Consider access needs during recruitment process

As required

 

Induction and on- going if required

 

Annually

 

 

SENCO +

 

Headteacher

EHCPs in place for disabled pupils and all staff aware of pupils needs

 

All staff and governors feel confident their needs are met

 

Parents have full access to school activities

 

Access issues do not influence recruitment and retention

Ensure access to Playground area for all

Improve access to playground are during any redesign

 

Develop system to allow entry for wheelchair users

Consider in any new development plans for the outside space of the school

Site Manager /HT/Govs

Disabled parents / carers/ visitors feel welcome

 

                             

 

Target

 

 

Strategies

Time-

Responsibility

Success Criteria

 

 

scale

 

 

Improve signage and external access for visually impaired people

Yellow strip mark step edges

On-going

 

Site Manager

Visually impaired people feel safe in school grounds

Ensure all disabled pupils can be evacuated safely

Put in place Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for all pupils with difficulties

 

Develop a system to ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities

As required

Each Sept

 

SENCO & HT

All disabled pupils and staff working alongside are safe in the event of a fire

Ensure accessibility of access to IT equipment

Alternative equipment in place to ensure access to all hardware

 

Liaise with VI/HI on information with regard to the visual impaired and hearing-impaired pupils

 

 

On-going and as required

 

Software may be required

 

 

 

 

ICT

 

 

Hardware and software available to meet the needs of children as appropriate

Ensure hearing equipment in classrooms to support hearing impaired

Seek support from LA hearing-impaired unit on the appropriate equipment

As required

LA hearing officers

All children have access to the equipment

All fire escape routes are suitable for all

Make sure all areas of school can have wheelchair access in event of emergency

On-going and as required and as appropriate

 

Site Manager

All disabled staff, pupils and visitors able to have a safe exit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils

 

This will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils. Examples might include handouts, textbooks and information about school events. The information should take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable timeframe.

 

In planning to make written information available to disabled pupils we again need to establish the current level of need and be able to respond to changes in the range of need. The school will need to identify agencies and sources of such materials to be able to make the provision when required. The school’s ICT infrastructure will enable us to access a range of materials supportive to need.

 

 

              

           

 

Target

 

Strategies

Time-scale

Responsibility

Success criteria

Review information to parents/carers to ensure it is accessible

Provide information and letters in clear print in “simple” English

 

School office will support and help parents to access information and complete school forms

 

Ensure website and all document accessible via the school website can be accessed by the visually impaired

 

 

 

 

 

 

During induction

 

On-going

 

 

 

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

All parents receive information in a form that they can access

 

 

All parents understand what are the headlines of the school information

Improve the delivery of information in writing in an appropriate format

 

Ensure all staff are aware of guidance on accessible forms

Provide suitably enlarged, clear print for pupils with a visual impairment

 

Guidance to staff on dyslexia and accessible information

As required

 

 

 

 

 

On-going

Office

 

 

 

 

 

SENCO

Excellent communication

 

 

Staff produce their own information

 

 

 

           

           

Targets

 

Strategies

Time-scale

Responsibility

Success criteria

 

Provide information in other languages for pupils or prospective pupils who may have difficulty with hearing or language problems

Access to translators, sign language interpreters to be considered and offered if possible

As required

SENCO & HT

Pupils and/or parents feel supported and included

Provide information in simple language, large print for prospective pupils or prospective parents/carers who may have difficulty with standard form of printed information

Ensure website is fully compliant with requirement for access by person with visual impairment

2019

HT

All can access information about the school

           

 

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