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First Base PRU, Lowestoft

First Base Pupil Referral Unit

Accessibility Plan

 

Introduction: Schools’ duties around accessibility for disabled pupils.

Schools and LAs need to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. These are the same duties as previously existed under the Disability Discrimination Act and have been replicated in the Equality Act 2010 Part 5A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) requires the local governing body to:

  • promote equality of opportunity for disabled people: pupils, staff, parents, carers and other people who use the school or may wish to; and
  • prepare and publish a Disability Equality Scheme to show how they will meet these duties.
  • This Accessibility Plan and the accompanying action plan sets out how the Local Governing Body will improve equality of opportunity for disabled people. The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the DDA to cover education, so since 2002 the Local Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils under part 4 of the DDA.
  • Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for reasons related to their disability
  • To make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage including potential adjustments which may be needed in the future.
  • To plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.

    This plan sets out the proposals of the Management committee of the unit 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;
  • Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

     

 It is a requirement that the unit’s Accessibility Plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary. Attached is an action plan (showing how the unit will address priorities identified in the plan.

This plan incorporates the unit’s intention to increase access to education for disabled pupils. In drawing up the Accessibility Plan the unit has set the following priorities:

  • To provide safe access throughout the school for all school users, irrespective of their disability.
  • To ensure that the teaching and learning environment and the resources used are suitable for all staff and pupils, tailoring the requirements to suit individual needs.
  •  To provide training to all staff regarding the needs of disabled people and how to provide assistance to enable them to enjoy the school experience as fully as possible.
  • It is the responsibility of the whole school community to implement this scheme in a manner which promotes the inclusive ethos of our school.

     

    Reasonable Adjustments

    An education provider has a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to make sure disabled students are not discriminated against. These changes could include:

  • changes to physical features - for example, creating a ramp so that students can enter a classroom;
  • providing extra support and aids (such as specialist teachers or equipment).

 

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