Accessibility Plan

XP School 2016-19

Introduction

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001) required schools to produce Accessibility Plans every three years. This duty has been replicated in the Equality Act 2010 with new Accessibility Plans in-line with regulatory framework.

The Directors agree:

 

 

This plan sets out the proposals of the Trust and Governing Body of XP to increase access to education for disabled students in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA.

Definition of Disability

The DDA describes a disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse affect upon the ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Impairments include sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, communication disorders and learning difficulties. People who have a disability are protected from discrimination even if they no longer have a disability. Mental illnesses that are clinically well recognised are included. Many of the students who have Statements of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health Care Plan fall within the terms of the DDA and the definition also includes other students who do not have Statements.

The Act defines ‘substantial’ as ‘more than minor or trivial’ and ‘long term’ as ‘has lasted or is likely to last more than 12 months’.

The Act states that an impairment is to be taken to affect the ability of a person to carry out normal day-to-day activities only if it affects that person in respect of one or more of the following:

 

Vision and Values

XP has a strong culture that endeavours to ensure that its students are able to flourish from the broad and balanced curriculum and a range of activities. At XP we recognise the value of every student as an individual. We expect high standards of behaviour and encourage students to show respect and compassion towards each other at all times.

 

XP is a fully inclusive school and believes that all students have the right to be included in the life of the school. For example, we do not segregate our students in sessions and we promote equality and fairness in everything we do. Our staff, governors and directors are committed to the inclusion of all students.

 

We aim to:

Staff seek to create a positive educational partnership with students and their parents/carers. Staff support all students in their learning, remove barriers to learning and avoid anything that would deprive or exclude student inclusion.

 

In September 2016, XP has 2 Statemented students and 16 ‘K’ students. Students with an SEN Support Plan are monitored regularly, up to three times a year, to assess individual targets on their support plans.

XP has a wide range of disabilities that fall within the four broad areas of need; Communication and interaction, Cognition and learning, Social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory and/or physical

XP  have a wide range of disabilities including speech, language and communication, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and hearing impaired. All SEND students are fully included into academy life and participate in extra-curricular activities, trips and visits.

 

The plan will also review ways to assist students with Special Educational Needs who would not be classified as disabled under the Equality Act. For such students the academy has a responsibility to meet their special needs and for those classified as disabled, a duty to prevent discrimination against them in their access to education.

Existing Provision

 

Increasing the extent to which disabled students can participate in the school curriculum.

The Current Position:

Increasing the extent to which disabled students can access the curriculum

 

Target and Key Performance Indicator

Link to

DP

Person

(s) i/c

Start/

Finish Date

Action and Milestones

Professional Learning, Support and Resources allocated inc. Finance

Monitoring and Review Information through:

Outcome

KPI 2 - Improve identification of SEND coming to XP before the start of Yr7.

Share information with Crew Leaders, expedition teachers and other staff.

Pers

PKI

Sept 2016 – July 2017.

Consult with the Crew Leaders and expedition teachers with accurate assessments for individual students.

Training sessions for LCs delivered by PKI before Primary visits in June 2017.

SEN Team

Staff Crew.

Staff more aware of specific barriers to learning for individuals via SEN Pen Picture, SEN Support Plans and Student Profiles.

Appropriate interventions and support in place.

KPI 2 - Teachers and other members of staff to accommodate students with specific disabilities e.g. HI, ASD, PD, SLCN.

Pers

PKI

Ongoing.

SENDCo to provide/arrange specific training as necessary, for new and existing staff, relating to disabilities experienced by students.

Staff training time on Staff Days.

ASD training in place for Autumn 2016

SEN Team

Staff Crew

Staff have a greater understanding of disability issues, can identify barriers to learning and can produce lesson plans differentiated to meet individual student needs.

KPI 2 - Disability equality to be included as part of Crew sessions and expeditions

Pers

PKI/GTH

Sept 2016 - July 2017

Crew Leaders/Expedition teachers to ensure disability equality is included in the crew curriculum.

Time for resources to be developed.

Sessions in place for staff to review and comment on resources

Staff Crew

Students have a greater understanding of disability issues. Students are more tolerant towards others.

Improving the physical environment of the school to Increase the extent to which disabled students can take advantage of education and associated services

The current position:

 

Target and Key Performance Indicator

Link to

DP

Person

(s) i/c

Start/

Finish Date

Action and Milestones

Professional Learning, Support and Resources allocated inc. Finance

Monitoring and Review Information through:

Outcome

KPI 2 - Review classrooms and social areas to take account of the needs of disabled students and visitors.

Pers

ASP/

GAP/

PKI

Review to take place from Sept 2017.

Review spaces so that any impact on a disabled student are considered – location of whiteboards, location of door handles, positioning of safety signs, colour schemes, height of desks and use of window blinds.

Advice from Faulkner Browns architects re: furniture and general design.

SEN Team Meetings.

Reports to LGB and Trust.

More recent legislative changes in respect of design are incorporated to allow disabled students to enhance their learning and be more comfortable in college.

KPI 2 - Ensure all steps and stairs are compliant

Pers

ASP/

GAP

Review annually.

Steps and stairs reviewed.

Seek advice from LA.

SEN Team Meetings.

Reports to LGB and Trust.

XP provide appropriate facilities for the needs of disabled students and visitors.

KPI 2 - Continue to ensure all fire procedures take account of the needs of students and visitors with disabilities.

Pers

ASP/

PKI

Ongoing.

Examine all current procedures and risk assessments to ensure the needs of existing and future disabled students have been identified.

Access Handling Training as required. Costings to be sought by PKI.

Training to take place.

Maintain the safety of disabled students at XP and ensure there is a recognised set of procedures to meet their needs.

Improving the delivery of information to students who are disabled

 

Target and Key Performance Indicator

Link to

DP

Person

(s) i/c

Start/

Finish Date

Action and Milestones

Professional Learning, Support and Resources allocated inc. Finance

Monitoring and Review Information through:

Outcome

KPI 2 - Consider the needs of current students and what support they will need for GCSE examinations in 2019

Pers

ASP/PKI

Sept 2016 - July 2017

Provide exam papers in different format, larger print, coloured photos and braille if appropriate.

Ensure that students are identified for extra time and other support in examinations e.g. readers, scribes etc.

Cost of resources.

SEN Team

Staff Crew

Students with disabilities have improved access to information. XP is able to respond quickly to requests for information in alternative formats.

KPI 2 - Make information available to parents of students with a disability or parents with a disability themselves.

Pers

GAP/PKI

Sept - 2016.

XP to discuss with parents their preferred method of receiving information about their children.

Development of XP SEN information booklets.

Cost of design and printing TBC

LGB Meetings

Parents have greater access to information.

KPI 2 - Provide the opportunity for translated letters/information to be sent home to students with EAL if and when required.

Pers

PKI

July 2017.

Contact EMTAS re the translation and cost to XP.

Cost of services from LA

SEN Team

LGB Meetings

Parents have accurate access to information regarding their children.