Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Accessibility Plan

Introduction

The Equality Act 2010 replaced previous discrimination law and provides a single piece of legislation covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful.    Schools have to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils.  

Aims of the plan   

We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, academy councillors, 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.

Coverage of the Accessibility Plan   

Oasis Academy Harpur Mount plans, over time, to increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to: 

  • Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to education.  
  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally, prepared for life as are the able-bodied pupils. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum. 
  • Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities.    

Information gathering

The following information was considered when formulating the plan: 

  • The nature of the academy population
  • The nature of the academy, including a consideration of the impact of the academy’s existing plans and priorities
  • Pupils already in the school and moving through it [1] 
  • The nature of future intake
  • The level of staff awareness of Equalities legislation
  • The presence of disabled pupils and their participation in the life of the academy
  • The impact on disabled pupils of the way in which the academy is organised, for example, academy policies and practices around the administration of medicines, time-tabling, anti-bullying policy, school trips and teaching and learning
  • The physical environment of the academy
  • The curriculum
  • The ways in which information is currently provided for disabled pupils
  • Outcomes for disabled pupils including end of key stage results and achievements in extracurricular activities 

Action Plans

Attached are Action Plans relating to these key aspects of accessibility. These plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis. New Plans will be drawn up every three years.    We acknowledge that there is a need for ongoing awareness training for staff and academy councillors in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter. 

Accessibility Plan links to other documentation:

The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following policies, strategies and documents: 

  • Equality Policy 
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Inclusion Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Academy Development Plan

Information about the Accessibility Plan will be published on the academy website.    The Plan will be monitored by the academy Council and OCL through the Strategic Reviews.      Date: November 2016    Date for review:  Summer 2018

 

Oasis Academy Harpur Mount – Accessibility Plan 2016 – 2018

1. Improving the Physical Access

Due to the recent total refurbishment of the building the physical environment is now fully accessible.

2. Improving the Curriculum Access

Objective

Action

Personnel

Outcome

Timescale

Impact

 Teaching Assistants and teachers are enabled to ensure children with SEN have access to the curriculum in relation to the new SEN Code of Practice

INSET for supporting children with SEN.  The use of other professional partners is deployed.

SENCO

ED Psych

Teaching and support staff are more able to  fully meet the  requirements of disabled  children’s needs with regards to accessing the curriculum

Summer term 1 2016  onwards

Increase in access to the national curriculum

All out-of-school activities are planned to ensure the participation of the whole range of pupils 

Review all out-of-school provision to ensure compliance with legislation and risk assessments in place

Academy Leadership Team / Trip co-ordinator/ teachers

All out-of-school activities will be conducted in an inclusive  environment with providers that comply with all current and future legislation

Autumn Term 2016

Increase in access to all school  activities for all disabled pupils

Classrooms are optimally organised and equipped to promote the participation and independence of all pupils

Review and implement a preferred layout of furniture and equipment to support the  learning process in individual classrooms  Purchase any specialist equipment required

Academy Leadership Team

Learning starts on time without the need to make adjustments  to accommodate the needs of individual pupils    Pupils have access to appropriate equipment

Ongoing and as need arises

Increase in access to national curriculum

Medical needs of children are known and  specialist training provided where necessary /IHCP in place

Provide training for staff in administration of specific medicines, for example, asthma, epilepsy, ADHD, EPI- Pens

Lead First Aider

SENCO

School Health Nurse

Staff have required knowledge to support students on medication in school

Already in place and ongoing

Increase in national curriculum / attendance

 

We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, academy councillors, 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. 

Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, will over time, increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to:

  • Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to education.
  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally, prepared for life as are the able-bodied pupils. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum.
  • Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities.