Accessibility Plan

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DYLAN THOMAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

 

  1. This Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Local Authority, pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and covers the period from September 2011 – August 2014.

 

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

 

  1. The Dylan Thomas Community School 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 access 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. Examples might include handouts, 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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

 

Target

Tasks

Timescale

Finance

Responsibility

Monitoring

Success

Criteria

 

ACCESS TO CURRICULUM

 

Ensure access to computer technology appropriate for pupils with disabilities.

 

 

  • § ICT Action Plan includes prioritised purchasing list for computer technology as required for pupils with disabilities.
  • § LEA & School staff to update on available technology on a termly basis.

 

 

As required – unless needs of pupils in school require immediate action.

 

Up to £500 p.a.

 

All Key Leaders

 

Governors

 

Access to appropriate computer technology will be improved for all disabled pupils.

 

ACCESS TO CURRICULUM

 

Reflect identified areas of need in lesson planning and delivery.

 

  • § staff training in disability awareness to reflect diverse needs of students within the school and anticipatory duties.
  • § Purchase of resources to increase student participation.

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

SMT

All staff

 

I Team Leader

 

Governors

 

Improved access to curriculum for all pupils.

 

ACCESS TO CURRICULUM

 

Prioritise student participation in school activities.

 

  • § Promote student awareness of the rights of the child, Children should have special care and support if they need it.
  • § Ensure school activities are accessible to all students.

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

SMT

 

All staff

 

Governors

 

I Team Leader

 

Governors

 

Increased participation in school life for students with disabilities.

 

SCHOOL POLICIES

 

Ensure all policies consider the implications of Disability Access.

 

 

  • § Consider all policies in view of DDA

 

Ongoing

 

n/a

 

Governors

 

Governors

 

Access to all aspects of school life for all students.

 

SCHOOL BUILDINGS

 

Ensure that access to school buildings and site can meet diverse pupil needs.

 

 

  • § Accessibility and clarity of signs around school.
  • § Awareness of in

dependent access.

  • § Clear identification of room functions.
  • § Provision of safe evacuation plans for all pupils as outlined in Fire Action Plan May 2012

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

 

£1,000

 

 

 

Facilities Managementto fund with school contribution

 

O Team

 

Governors

 

O Team

 

Access to school buildings and site improved.

 

CLASSROOMS

 

Ensure that classrooms are optimally organised for disabled pupils within current restraints.

Identify needs and actions for future improvements.

 

 

  • § Plan classrooms in accordance with pupil need.
  • § Organise resources within classrooms to reflect student need.
  • § Incorporate accessibility into any proposed structural alternatives.
  • § Provide quiet areas within school.
  • § Think beyond the ramp.  Look at accessibility in all areas of school life.

 

 

Ongoing

 

£1,500

 

O Team

 

O Team

 

Governors

 

Appropriate use of resources for diverse needs of pupils with disabilities.

 

NEWSLETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

 

Availability of newsletters and school documents in alternative formats.

 

 

  • § Use of pastel paper for dyslexic students.
  • § Large print and audio formats as required.
  • § Information in student planners when student need requires this.
  • § Home / School pack for students and ASD spectrum and students with communication difficulties.
  • § Homework information available as information sheets in alternative formats when requested.
  • § Use of symbol software.

 

 

 

£500 p.a.

 

O Team

 

O Team

 

Governors

 

Information to pupils with disabilities and parents / carers will be improved.