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Northside's Accessibilty Plan

Northside's Accessibility 3 Year Action Plan 2019 - 2021

 

 

 

Improving Access to the Curriculum

Target

Responsibility

Strategy

Success Criteria

Timescale

Monitoring

To increase the awareness of class based staff in identifying and responding to pupils who have or may have a disability.

All staff/ Inclusion Leader

Use of screening tools (with support of Inclusion Manager/SENCo) to gather evidence about pupils where a disability is suspected.

 

Assess Plan Do Review approach in line with Code of Practice to monitor impact of intervention / support on outcomes.

 

Referrals made to IAT by Inclusion Leader when needed. Recommendations put into place and support given to staff.

Staff are able to identify pupils who may have a disability. E.g. hearing impairment, and put into place simple strategies to support the child within the class and other school settings.

 

Provision in classes adheres to the expectations set out in the Local Offer for Barnet relating to the needs of each individual with a disability.

 

Spring 2019

Inclusion Leader

 

Visual and concrete supports are used to aid understanding and independence for all pupils, including those with disabilities.

All staff/ Inclusion Leader

Use of visual timetables, visual prompts, schedules, objects of reference, Numicon, writer’s toolkits, word mats etc. to promote understanding and independence from adults, and reduce anxiety where required.

Visual and concrete supports routinely used within class and as an integral part of lessons.

 

Pupils with disabilities are supported in their understanding and independence without having to rely exclusively on adult

support.

Spring 2019

English and Maths Leaders

 

Access to ICT to support learning for pupils with a disability or additional need.

All staff

Pupils who struggle with writing to be allowed additional access to Ipads/laptops to record their work.

Pupils are able to participate in lessons to produce texts.

Ongoing

Inclusion Leader

All enrichment

activities, e.g. trips,

experiences, after

school clubs, are

planned to enable,

where reasonable, the participation of all pupils.

All staff/SLT

Planning and risk assessments take into account accessibility issues and comply with legislation.

Reasonable adjustments,

e.g. transport arrangements are made where necessary.

 

Positive discrimination to ensure that children with statements and SEN Plans are represented on school council.

Increase in access to enrichment activities for all disabled pupils.

Ongoing

FSW/Learning Mentor

 

 

Target

Responsibility

Strategy

Success Criteria

Timescale

Monitoring

Curriculum reflects

the contribution of

disabled people to

society.

All staff

Ensure positive images of disabled people are portrayed in assemblies, curriculum planning, texts, themed weeks, and through PSHE and PE.

Pupils and adults understanding and support of disabilities increases.

Ongoing

Equality Team for the environment

Classrooms are

organised to support the participation and

independence of

all pupils, including

those with disabilities.

All staff

Class staff to plan and implement a preferred layout of furniture and equipment to support the needs of individuals within the class.

Pupils with disabilities are able to participate in lessons with increasing

independence.

Spring 2019

Inclusion Leader

All staff are trained so that they are effective in the support of pupils with disabilities.

SLT

Provide training on how to effectively support pupils with;

  • ADHD
  • ASD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Physical impairments

 

All staff feel confident teaching pupils with disabilities and pupils are receiving appropriate support.

Autumn 2021

SLT

All policies consider the implications of disability access.

SLT

As policies are reviewed, disabilities access is referred to if necessary.

Policies reflect the needs of all our pupils.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Physical Access

Target

Responsibility

Strategy

Success Criteria

Timescale

Monitoring

Access to the school is easy for all stakeholders with disabilities.

Caretaker and HT

Install an intercom which has tactile

definition to the buttons and an LED display. Ensure all operating parts are

within 1050mm off the landing level and ensure no obstruction below. Ensure that it is well contrasted against the background upon which it is seen.

People with hearing impairment can easily access the school.

Spring 2021

Governing Body

Reposition Nursery intercom so that it is 1050mm off the ground floor level and paint the edge of the step so it is contrasting.

People with wheelchairs can access the Nursery.

Spring 2021

Governing Body

Install BS8300 compliant handrails on the ramp leading into the KS2 playground, from the dining hall, Art Block, internal stairwells and from the Nursery. Ensure all ramps have contrasting colour.

Physically disabled people will be able to access areas independently.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

Paint bright colour contrast on all the steps to ensure that the edges of the steps are visible.

All people will be able to walk safely down steps.

Summer 2020

Governing Body

Reposition cupboard so that the release button at the main entrance is fully accessible.

People with wheelchairs will be able to access the button with ease.

Spring 2020

Governing Body

Install an intercom at the main entrance which has tactile definition to the buttons and an LED display. Ensure all operating parts are within 1050mm off the landing level and ensure no obstruction below. Ensure that it is well contrasted against the background upon which it is seen.

Access to the main entrance will be easy regardless of any disabilities.

Summer 2020

Governing Body

Change the handle on the Art Block so that it is easy to use for all.

All people will be able to access the Art Block easily.

Spring 2020

Governing Body

 

 

Access to the school is easy for all stakeholders with disabilities.

Caretaker and HT

Ensure door leading from Red Room has permanent strips on the glass within a zone of 1.4mm to 1.6mm from the floor. These strips need to be contrast in colour (not treated glass) and luminance with the background seen through the glass in all light conditions.

Exit from the Red Room is clear and not obstructed.

Spring 2020

Governing Body

Install new BS8300 compliant door furniture on all doors.

Doors are easily opened and closed for all.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

Change edging to all stairs to a more contrasting colour.

Stair edges are clearly visible.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

Lever taps to be added to all sinks.

All taps are easy to use.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

Improve signage in school so locations can be identified.

Locations are clearly visible.

Spring 2020

Governing Body

Contact Barnet Council so they can ensure that the pathway to school is levelled to allow disabled access.

Pathway to school is level and not a trip hazard.

Summer 2020

Governing Body

Audit lighting and create a rolling programme of replacement.

All areas are well lit and switches are accessible to all.

Summer 2021

Governing Body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access to Information

Target

Responsibility

Strategy

Success Criteria

Timescale

Monitoring

Make available

school brochures, school newsletters

and other information for parents in alternative formats when specifically requested by parents.

Office/

Inclusion Leader

School will be able to provide written information in different formats when requested for individual purposes.

Information to parents / carers with disabilities is more accessible.

Spring 2020

HT

All parents are able to access all information.

SLT/FSW

During Admissions interviews assess whether additional provision needs to be made for parents to access information. Inform FSW so that she can support parents accordingly.

All parents can access information regardless of their needs.

Summer 2020

HT/DHT

 

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