Accessibility Plan 2018-2020

 

The Federation of Darlington Nursery Schools

Accessibility Action Plan

2018 - 2020

Name and address of school:

 

Borough Road Nursery School                         George Dent Nursery School

Borough Road                                                     Elms Road

Darlington                                                            Darlington

DL1 1SG                                                               DL3 7PY

Executive Head Teacher:

Helen Dummett

Heads of School:

 

Cheryl Theakston                                               Sally Morris

Purpose of Plan

 

The purpose of this plan is to show how our educational setting intends, over time, to increase accessibility to the physical environment, the curriculum and written information so that all pupils/students with a disability can take full advantage of their education and associated opportunities.

 

Definition of disability

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

 

Principles

 

  • Compliance with the Equality Act is consistent with the Local Authority’s aims and equality and diversity policy and SEN information report.
  • Our staff recognise their duty under the Equality Act:

o   Not to discriminate against disabled pupils in their admissions and exclusions, and provision of education and associated services

o   Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably

o   To take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage

o   To publish an Accessibility Plan

 

  • In performing their duties governors have regard to the Equality Act 2010
  • Our school
    • recognises and values the young person’s knowledge/parents’ knowledge of their child’s disability
    • recognises the effect their disability has on his/her ability to carry out activities,
    • respects the parents’ and child’s right to confidentiality
  • The school provides all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that is differentiated, personalised and age appropriate.
  • This Accessibility Plan and SEN Information Report will be linked to the Darlington Local Offer and be available as part of the school Local Offer.

 

Our Actions

 

As a school our priorities are, as set out according to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010:

 

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 the school

 

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/parents

 

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

 

 

Financial Planning and control

 

The Executive Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and the finance committee will review the financial implications of the Accessibility Plan as part of the normal budget review process.

 

 

Accessibility Action Plan

 

Aspire to improve to do more than the minimum, additional best practice

 

 

Compliance with the Equality Act

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

Clear links will be identified between relevant policies and procedures with regards to equality and inclusion.

 

·         Review S.D.P., S.E.N.D. plan, Health and Safety policy and Equality policy as a Federation and make links between the documents which are connected.

·         Make links with Health and Safety Policy.

·         Links to the P.O.A.P (BR)

HoS (BR)/EHT (GD)

 

 

 

 

 

Governors

Medium term

July 2019

 

 

Policies and procedures will be updated and compliant.

 

All policies will reflect current legislation.

 

 

 

 

·         Complete Equality Impact Assessment.

·         As policies are reviewed and updated, ensure they consider the implications of disability access.

·         Ensure all school policies and procedures are on a rolling programme and are updated every 2-3 years.

·         Ensure that the Accessibility Plan becomes an annual item for the FGB.

HoS (BR)/EHT (GD)

 

Governors

 

 

 

EHT

Long term

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Term

2019/

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 2018

 

 

 

 

Whole Federation community aware of pupil needs and accessibility issues.

·         Review and improve staff awareness of individual disability issues.

·         Provide training for members of the school community as appropriate.

SLT

 

 

HoS BR & GD

Short Term

July 2018

 

Sept 2018 - ongoing

 

 

 

Access to the physical environment – statutory (Borough Road Nursery)

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

P.E.E.P. in place for identified children.

 

All staff confident with the P.E.E.P. and how to support identified child in the case of evacuation.

 

Named staff for identified children with a P.E.E.P. in place.

 

P.E.E.P. to be included with child’s ONE Plan

 

·         P.E.E.P. (Personal, Emergency Evacuation Plan) to be put in place where necessary.

·         Review P.E.E.P. alongside termly ONE Plan review.

·         Children to be identified upon admission throughout the year.

·         Children to be identified throughout the year by staff.

HoS

 

Long term

2020

 

Ongoing school up grade and maintenance will meet requirements of Equality Act 2010.

 

Toilet facilities are accessible to all children.

 

All reasonable adjustments to the school buildings and grounds maintain accessibility for all children and adults.

·         Future building work and modifications made to the building ensure accessibility for all eg. Toilet facilities for the 3s room at BRNS under review. Plans to create additional toilets submitted to DBC.

·         In anticipation of school intake Governors to carry out a termly audit.

EHT & HoS  Governors

 

 

 

 

 

EHT &

Governors

Short Term

 

 

 

 

 

Short Term

 

 

 

 

Sept 2018

 

 

 

Sept 2018/ Feb 2019/ June 2019

 

 

 

Access to the physical environment – statutory (George Dent Nursery)

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

P.E.E.P. in place for identified children.

 

All staff confident with the P.E.E.P. and how to support identified child in the case of evacuation.

 

Named staff for identified children with a P.E.E.P. in place.

 

P.E.E.P. to be included with child’s ONE Plan

 

·         P.E.E.P. (Personal, Emergency Evacuation Plan) to be put in place where necessary.

·         Review P.E.E.P. alongside termly ONE Plan review.

·         Children to be identified upon admission throughout the year.

·         Children to be identified throughout the year by staff.

HoS

Long term

2020

 

Ongoing school up grade and maintenance will meet requirements of Equality Act 2010.

 

The outdoor area is accessible to all.

 

All reasonable adjustments to the school buildings and grounds maintain accessibility for all children and adults.

·         Future building work and modifications made to the building ensure accessibility for all eg. Essential repair work to flagstones in garden area at George Dent.

·         In anticipation of school intake Governors to carry out a termly audit.

EHT & HoS

Governors

 

 

 

EHT &

Governors

Short Term

 

 

 

 

Short Term

July/ Aug 2018

 

 

 

Sept 2018/ Feb 2019/ June 2019

 

 

 

Ensuring inclusion in the school community

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

To ensure that all children are able to access, as far as is safe to do so, all out of school activities including breakfast club, after school, school visits, etc.

·         Ensure staff review out of school provision, including school visits, to ensure they comply with legislation and have facilities to meet the individual needs of all children.

HoS (BR&GD)

Short term

2018

·         For some children this may be providing transport to a venue/school.

 

Children have a positive image of themselves as individuals.

 

Staff have high aspirations of all children.

 

Staff celebrate success, whether big or small, academic or behavioural, individually or within a group: so that children’s efforts are recognised and rewarded.

·         Staff have high aspirations for all children, whatever their starting point.

·         Children are encouraged to reach their full potential through thoughtful, child-led planning, observations and environment which are well documented in floorbooks.

·         Progress meetings/One plan reviews and special events when children are invited into school.

HoS (BR&GD)

Short term

2018

·         For some children this may be attending school regularly or developing their social skills.

 

 

 

Access to the curriculum - statutory

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

Barriers to learning will be reduced or removed, enabling children to achieve their potential.

·         Children will be assessed in accordance with regular classroom practice to meet their everyday learning needs to enable them to make progress.

HoS (BR&GD)

Short Term

Ongoing

 

Staff access regular relevant CPD.

 

Staff are able to meet the needs of all children to ensure they are able to access the curriculum.

·         SENDCo to review the training needs of staff to meet the needs of all children. To be reviewed throughout the year whenever new children start.

·         Relevant CPD for all staff.

 

HoS (BR) & EHT (GD)

 

 

 

HoS (BR & GD)

A minimum of 1-2 per term

December 2018

April 2019

July 2019

 

 

Staff make reasonable adjustments to enable all children to access the curriculum.

·         SENCo to review the needs of children and provide training for staff as needed.

·         Louise Farrow to deliver manual handling training 5th Sept 2018

HoS (BR) & EHT (GD

Short Term

Sept 2018

 

Children will develop independent learning skills

 

·         The needs of all children are assessed in each school and specialist equipment is provided to ensure no child is disadvantaged eg. GDNS - Joy Burgess to refer new pupil to LINS Team to enable school to loan a Bee Chair from the LINs team.

HoS (BR) & EHT (GD

Short Term

2018 ongoing

 

 

 

Access to information advice and guidance - statutory

 

 

Accessibility Outcome

 

Action to ensure Outcome

Who responsible

Long, medium or short-term

Time Frame

 

Notes

All parents will have access to written information in the appropriate format.

 

 

·         Written information to be provided in alternative formats where necessary.

·         Letters to be verbalised to parents with poor literacy skills where necessary.

 

School Office

 

 

Short term

2018

 

 

All parents will be able to access information regard their child’s progress.

 

 

·         For parents to be able to access progress meetings if they are unable to attend school due to disability.

·         For parents’ meetings to be held over the phone or for information to be sent home where necessary.

 

HoS (BR&GD)

 

 

 

 

Key Worker

 

Medium term

2019

 

All parents will have access to written information on the school website page in the appropriate format.

 

·         The school website to be accessible by all by ensuring that alternative formats and different font sizes are available.

School Office

 

Short term

2018