1 GREAT ACADEMIES STATEMENT OF INTENT
Schools are required under the Equality Act 2010 to have a accessibility plan. The purpose of the plan is to:
- Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
- Improve the physical environment of the school to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided
- Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils
2 OUR AIMS
Our school aims to treat all its pupils fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all pupils without discrimination of any kind.
The Trust as a Multi Academy Trust ensures that each of its academies are inclusive academies which focus upon the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth. We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups. We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
The plan will be made available online on the school website.
Our school is committed to ensuring staff are trained in equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010, including understanding disability issues.
The school supports any available partnerships to develop and implement the plan.
4 IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE
This action plan sets out the aims of our accessibility plan in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
5 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Requires each school to have an up-to-date accessibility plan;
- Requires the academies to comply with their legal duties in respect of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Ensures the SENCO and other key staff such as business and facilities management staff develop and implement the accessibility plan for the school.
- Approves the accessibility plan.
- Works with key staff such as business and facilities management staff to develop and implement the accessibility plan for the school.
- Ensure they carry out any actions required under the accessibility plan.
The Great Academies Education Trust ensures that all pupils have equal access to the full range of educational opportunities provided. We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of their sex, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origins. This is line with the Equality Act 2010 and covers both direct and indirect discrimination.
7 MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REVIEW
This policy should be read in conjunction with national and local guidance and the following GAET/Academy policies:
The Trust’s SEND Policy
Schools’ SEND Information Reports
The Trust’s policy for Supporting pupils with medical conditions
This document will be reviewed every 3 years, but may be reviewed and updated more frequently if necessary.
It will be approved by the governing body.