Accessability Plan 2015-2018

Hillary Primary School has been described as having a ‘welcoming and delightfully happy environment in which pupils thrive and want to do their best.’ We want all children to enjoy school, to be challenged to achieve their very best, and to consider their time at the school as their own ‘learning adventure’. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter

Purpose of Plan

This plan shows how Hillary Primary School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors.

Definition of disability

A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to-day activities.

Areas of planning responsibilities

 

  • Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum (this includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits)
  • Improving access to the physical environment of schools (this includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education)
  •  Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils (this will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils.  The information should take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable time frame

Contextual Information

The original Victorian single storey building houses the majority of the school. An extension built in Summer 2015, currently has 4 classes. 3 disabled toilets are available on the ground floor.  

At present we have no wheelchair dependent pupils, parents or members of staff.

Current Range of known disabilities

The school has children with a range of disabilities to include moderate and specific learning disabilities.

We have a small number of pupils and parents who have a hearing impairment, and one child who has a prosthetic limb.

Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum

Improving teaching and learning lies at the heart of the school’s work.  Through self-review and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), we aim to enhance staff knowledge, skills and understanding to promote excellent teaching and learning for all children.  We aim to meet every child’s needs within mixed ability, inclusive classes.

It is a core value of the school that all children are enabled to participate fully in the broader life of the school.  Consequently, all children have always been permitted to attend age relevant after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities and educational visits.  The only exception would occur if a child had breached school rules when deprivation of club attendance may be used as a suitable short term sanction and to ensure the safety of others.

 Target Strategies Target   Target Target 
Increase confidence of all staff in differentiating the curriculum Be aware of staff training needs on curriculum access
 
Assign CPD for dyslexia, differentiation and recording methods
 
Online learning modules if required  
On-going and as required  SLT Raised staff confidence in strategies for differentiation and increased pupil participation
Ensure classroom support staff have specific training on disability issues

Be aware of staff training

needs

 

Staff access appropriate

CPD

 

Online learning modules if required 
As required Inclusion Manager Raised confidence of support staff
Ensure all staff are aware of disabled children’s curriculum access

Set up a system of individual access plans for disabled pupils when required

 

Information sharing with all agencies involved with child

As required  Inclusion Manager All staff aware of individuals needs
Use ICT software to support learning Make sure software installed where needed As required    ICT Wider use of SEN resources in classrooms
All educational visits to be accessible to all  

Develop guidance for staff on making trips accessible

 

Ensure each new venue is vetted for appropriateness
As required   HT/EVC

All pupils in school able to access all educational visits and take part in a range of

activities

Review PE curriculum to ensure PE accessible to all 

Gather information on accessible PE and disability sports

 

Seek disabled sports people to come into school 
As required PE coordinator All to have access to PE and be able to excel

Improving access to the physical environment of the school

Hillary School is continuing to grow and develop, we are currently still growing from 2 form to 3 form entry from Reception top Year 6.  It is hoped that in the near future we will be able to expand the buildings and to improve the facilities.

Provision, in exceptional cases, will be negotiated when a pupil’s specific needs are known.  

We have a wide range of equipment and resources available for day to day use.  We keep resource provision under constant review.  The schools Improvement planning process is the vehicle for considering such needs on an annual basis.

 

 Target Strategies Target   Target Target 

The school is aware of the access needs of disabled pupils,

staff, governors, parent/carers and visitors 

To create access plans for individual disabled pupils as part of the Target Tracker

process when required

 

Be aware of staff, governors and parents access needs and meet

as appropriate 

 

Through questions and discussions find out the access needs of parents/carers through newsletter

 

Consider access needs during recruitment process

 

Ensure staff aware of

Environment Access

Standard 

As required 

 

 

Induction and ongoing if

required

 

 

 

Annually

 

 

 

 

 

Recruitment process 

INCLUSION MANAGER

 

 

 

 

 

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

 

Head teacher

TARGET TRACKERs in place for disabled pupils and all staff aware of pupils

needs

 

All staff and governors feel confident their

needs are met 

 

Parents have full access to all school

activities

 

 

Access issues do not influence recruitment and retention issues

Layout of school to allow access for all pupils to all areas Consider needs of disabled pupils, parents/carers or visitors when considering any redesign  As required

Head/

Governors/

Site manager/

School

Surveyor
Re-designed buildings are usable by all
Ensure access to reception area to all

Improve access to reception area during any re-design

 

Develop system to allow entry for wheel chair users

Consider in any new 

development 


 
Site Manager

Disabled parents/carers/

visitors feel welcome
Improve signage and external access for visually impaired people

Yellow strip mark step edges

On going  Site manager Visually impaired people feel safe in school grounds
Ensure all disabled pupils can be safely evacuated

Put in place

Emergency Evacuation Plan for all pupils with  difficulties.

 

 

 

Develop a system to ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities

As required

 

 

 

 

 

Each Sept
 

H & S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusion Manager

All disabled pupils and staff working alongside are safe in the event of a fire
Ensure accessibility of access to IT equipment

Alternative equipment in place to ensure access to all hardware including hall

 

Liaise with VI/HI on information with regard to the visual impaired and hearing impaired

pupils

On-going and as required 

 

Software may be

required

 

as required

ICT

Inclusion Manager

SLT
Hardware and software available to meet the needs of children as appropriate

Ensure hearing equipment in classrooms to support hearing impaired

Seek support from LA hearing impaired unit on the appropriate equipment

 

Soundfields to be installed in at least 2 classes in every year group.
Ongoing

LA hearing officers

 

Inclusion Manager

All children have access to the equipment
All fire escape routes are suitable for all

Make sure all areas of school can have wheelchair access   

 

 

Egress routes visual check  

On-going and as required and as

appropriate 

 

Weekly

LA

 

H & S

 

 

 

Site Manager
All disabled staff, pupils and visitors able to have safe independent egress 

Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils

This will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils.  Examples might include handouts, textbooks and information about school events. The information should take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable time frame.

In planning to make written information available to disabled pupils we again need to establish the current level of need and be able to respond to changes in the range of need. The school will need to identify agencies and sources of such materials to be able to make the provision when required.  The schools ICT infrastructure will enable us to access a range of materials supportive to need.

 

 Target Strategies Target   Target Target 
Review information to parents/carers to ensure it is accessible

Provide information and letters in clear print in

“simple” English

 

School office will support and help parents to access information and complete school forms

 

Ensure website and all document accessible via the school website can be accessed by the visually impaired.

During

induction

 

 

 

 

On-going

 

 

 

 

Current

 


 

All staff

 

 

 

 

 

School Office

PSA’s

 

 

 

Office/ Website design team

All parents receive information in a form that they can access

 

 

 

 

 

All parents understand what are the headlines of the school

information

Improve the delivery of information in writing in an appropriate format 

Provide suitably enlarged, clear print  for pupils with a visual impairment

As required Office Excellent communication
Ensure all staff are aware of guidance on accessible formats

Guidance to staff on dyslexia and accessible information  

On-going
 

Inclusion Manager

 

 

Staff produce their own

information

Annual review information to be as accessible as possible

Develop child friendly Target Tracker review formats    Ongoing Inclusion Manager Staff more aware of pupils preferred method of communications 
Languages other than English to be visible in school 

Some welcome signs to be

multi-lingual  

2015 EAL coordinator Confidence of parents to access their child’s education 
Provide information in other languages for pupils or prospective pupils who may have difficulty with hearing or language problems Access to translators, sign language interpreters to be considered and offered if possible 

As required

 

Inclusion Manager

 

Head teacher
Pupils and/or parents feel supported and included  

Provide information in simple language, symbols, large print for prospective pupils or prospective parents/carers

who may have

difficulty with standard form of printed information 

Ensure website is fully compliant with

requirement for access by person with visual impairment.

 

Ensure Prospectus is available via the school website.  
2014 Office  All can access information about the school 

Reviewed Sept 2015

To be reviewed Sept 2018