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Northside's Accessibility Policy

Accessibility Policy

 

Last review: January 2019
Ratified: December 2019
Review: September 2022

 

 

Rationale

 

This policy relates to the following legislation:

  • Road Traffic Act 1991
  • Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) 2005
  • Building Regulations 2010
  • Equality Act 2010
  • School Premises (England) Regulations 2012 

We have a duty under the Road Traffic Act 1991, the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order 2005 and the Equality Act 2010 to provide adequate access for disabled people.

 

Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. This policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.

 

Key Principles

We believe we have worked hard at making the entrances and exits accessible for disabled people. We are always looking at ways of improvement and we acknowledge that under the above Acts we are required to make reasonable adjustments to the building to improve access for disabled people.

 

The Special Educational Needs Disability Act defines disability as people who have any of the following:

  • physical disability
  • sensory impairment such as visual and hearing
  • mental health problems
  • chronic illness such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes
  • medical conditions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • special learning difficulties
  • any other conditions which affects people’s ability to study

 

We aim to provide access to our buildings, facilities and curriculum for all those who wish to access them. We are committed to improving access within the limitation of the physical structure of the buildings and other resources.
We will;

  • identify barriers to access, to regularly review the school premises
  • produce an accessibility plan
  • make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils, school personnel or visitors with disabilities are not disadvantaged in any way
  • anticipate the needs of pupils, school personnel or visitors before they join the school

 

We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.

 

Northside Values

RESPECT         to value all stakeholders equally regardless of their needs 

PRIDE              to have confidence in our abilities and celebrate success

INCLUSION    to work together with families and our diverse community to ensure all stakeholders can access the school buildings, facilities and curriculum

CHALLENGE   to have high expectations of ourselves so we achieve our best

CREATIVITY    to creatively express our feelings and ideas

RESILIENCE     to develop life skills so we fulfil our potential

 

UN Rights of the Child
This policy links with the following article from the UN Rights of the Child Charter:
Article 23: A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community.

 

In Practice

The Governing Body has:

  • A duty to identify barriers to access, to regularly review the school premises and to produce an accessibility plan.
  • Delegated this responsibility to the Headteacher and the Caretaker.
  • Delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel and visitors to the school are aware of and comply with this policy.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the school complies with all equalities legislation.
  • Responsibility for ensuring funding is in place to support this policy.
  • Responsibility for ensuring this policy is updated regularly.
  • Responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents.
  • Responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy.

 

The Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team will:

  • Ensure all school personnel, pupils and parents are aware of and comply with this policy.
  • Provide leadership and vision in respect of equality.
  • Provide guidance, support and training to all staff.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of this policy.

 

The Caretaker will work closely with the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion to carry out the following:

  • Undertake an annual audit of all access and exits of the school premises in order to identify any problems and to plan improvements.
  • Perform an annual review and update if necessary the accessibility plan for the school.
  • Ensure fire risk assessments are in place.
  • Seek specialist advice from outside agencies.
  • Ensure all school personnel, pupils and parents are aware of and comply with this policy.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of this policy.

 

 

Pupils will:

  • Be aware of and comply with this policy.
  • Listen carefully to all instructions given by the teacher.
  • Ask for further help if they do not understand.
  • Treat others, their work and equipment with respect.

 

Parents and Carers will:

  • Be aware of and comply with this policy.
  • Be asked to take part in periodic surveys conducted by the school.

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