The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education. Since September 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils, under Part 4 of the DDA:
- not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
- to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
- to plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.
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 in the DDA:
- increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
- improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;>
It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary. Attached is a set of action plans showing how the school will address the priorities identified in the plan.
Date of Plan: February 2020. To be reviewed every three years.
Definition of Disability
Disability is defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA):
‘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.’
The purpose and direction of the school’s plan: vision and values
At Cherry Garden School we are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. Cherry Garden School promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.
Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children:
- Girls and boys;
- Minority ethnic and faith groups;
- Children who are vulnerable;
We liaise with parents and professionals involved with the children to ensure we provide the right care for their needs.
Views of those consulted during the development of the plan
All people consulted value the ability of the school to cater for the differing needs of pupils. No issues were raised on the most recent parent questionnaire.
The main priorities in the school’s plan
We take advice on support needed for children with disabilities and work with experts to ensure they have the support necessary to fully include them in the life of the school.
The action plan ensures that:
- The school draws on the expertise of external agencies to provide specialist advice and support.
- The management team has an overview of the needs of the pupils.
- There are high expectations.
- There is appropriate deployment and training of learning support staff.
- Successful practice is shared within the school.
- The school works with partner schools.
- Disabled pupils have access to extra-curricular activities
Accessibility Plan: February 2020 – February 2023
The proposed actions below are in order of priority:
|Issue||Action||People/Resources||Timescale||Success criteria||Monitoring method. Who? How?|
|Not all targeted pupils can access ‘eye gaze’ equipment to express their needs||Purchase 2 additional eye gaze systems to increase accessibility, with one in each key stage.||£12,000
|July 2020||Each key stage will have access to an eye gaze system which pupils can access throughout the school day to support the curriculum.||ICT Coordinator|
|Less opportunities for wheelchair accessible activities in the nature area.||Develop a gardening, woodwork and mud kitchen which are accessible to wheelchair users.||£ 600
UW coordinator and CD coordinator
|Sept 2020||There will be a range of outdoor learning opportunities which are accessible for all pupils.||UW coordinator and CD coordinator|
|The ramp leading up to the tree houses is too steep for larger wheelchairs to access.||Replace ramp with a lower gradient version.||£5000
|Sept 2022||All wheelchair types will be able to access the ramp more easily||Head teacher|