Accessibility Statement – August 2014
The Equality Act 2010 and related Equality Duty 2011 reiterate the duty upon schools as laid out in the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The accompanying guidance for schools makes it clear that schools continue to have a duty to produce an accessibility plan.
Schools must implement accessibility plans, which are aimed at:
- Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
- Improving the physical environment of schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided
- Improving the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils
Schools will need to have regard to the need to provide adequate resources for implementing plans and must regularly review them.
Local Authorities must, for the schools for which they are responsible, prepare an accessibility strategy based on the same principle as the accessibility plans for schools.
This accessibility strategy therefore applies to local authority maintained schools, nurseries, children’s centres and early years settings. It does not apply to academies, PFI funded schools or private nursery providers on school site – owners/governing bodies of provisions must produce their own accessibility strategy in accordance with the Equality Act.