Review and Approval
This policy was reviewed by the Personnel Curriculum and Communication on and approved by the Governing Body on 16.11.16 (reviewed every 2 years)
Disability Equality Scheme and Accessibility Action Plan
The school is committed to ensuring equal treatment of all its children, employees and any others involved in the school community, with any form of disability and will ensure that people with disabilities are not treated less favourably in any procedures, practices and service delivery.
We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people with disabilities are able to participate fully in school life. The achievement of children with disabilities will be monitored and this data will be used to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. Reasonable adjustments will be made to make sure that the whole school environment is as accessible as possible. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit the school. This scheme should be read in conjunction with our school policy: Equality Policy.
Definition of disability
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial or long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.
- The DDA 2005 has also extended the definition of disability as follows: People with HIV, multiple sclerosis and cancer (although not all cancers) are deemed disabled before they experience the long-term and substantial adverse effect on their activities.
- Section 18 has been amended so that individuals with a mental illness no longer have to demonstrate that it is “clinically well-recognised”, although the person must still demonstrate a long-term and substantial adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We will actively seek to:
- Promote equality of opportunity between people with disabilities and other persons. Eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Act.
- Eliminate harassment of people with disabilities that is related to their disabilities.
- Promote positive attitudes towards people with disabilities.
- Encourage participation by people with disabilities in public life. It is also important to respect the wishes of children with disabilities so that they do not feel pushed into activities they do not wish to take part in.
- Take steps to take account of the different disabilities that people have, even where that involves treating disabled persons more favourably than other persons.
This is also known as the Disability Equality Duty (DED) and applies to all children with disabilities, staff and those using services provided by Clavering Primary school.
In addition to the above general duty to promote Disability Equality, Clavering Primary School has specific duties placed on it to:
- Appraise and update the Disability Equality Scheme every two years
- Report on progress annually
The production of this disability equality scheme provides a framework for integrating disability equality into all aspects of school life. The specific actions currently being taken include:
|Involvement of people with disabilities indeveloping the scheme||Clavering Primary School will consult with children with disabilities, staff and service users in the ongoing development of the Disability Equality Scheme by:
|Developing a voice for children, staff and parents/carers with disabilities||Clavering Primary School is developing opportunities for children with disabilities, staff and parents/carers by:
|Encouraging participation in public life by people with disabilities||Clavering Primary School ensures that children with disabilities are represented and encouraged to participate in:
Children with disabilities are included fully in normal school life. However, as with all children, risk assessments will be undertaken to ensure the safety of all participants in any activity.
|Eliminating harassment and bullying||Clavering Primary School has a clear policy on anti-bullying (Dealing with conflict). This policy was last reviewed in 2016 and is due for review in 2017 when specific reference will be made to bullying of people with disabilities.|
|Promoting positive attitudes towardspeople with disabilities||Clavering Primary School promotes positive attitudes towards people with disabilities by:
|Removing barriersa) Learning||Clavering Primary School removes barriers by:
|b) Access||Ensuring that all areas of the curriculum can be delivered from all classrooms.There is a disabled toilet available in the school.There is a ramp leading up to the main entrance of the school and a lift inside enabling all parts of the school to be accessible.Parents are not permitted to park at the school but there is a facility for children to be dropped off at the top of the drive if there is an accessibility need.Events for parents/carers such as open evenings, meetings with teachers are held in accessible parts of the school.|
|ImpactAssessment||Clavering Primary School undertakes Disability Equality Impact Assessments through two specific activities:
|TheGoverningBody||Governors meetings will be held in locations that are accessible to people with disabilities when the need arises.Parents and children are made aware of how the Governing Body contributes to the life of the school through the school website and newsletters.The School and Governors consult with parents/carers through questionnaires.|
|Whatdisability datais currentlycollected||Clavering Primary School currently collects the following disability data (qualitative and quantitative)1. For all children, including those with additional needs:-
2. For children with additional needs:-
3. For staff:-
|Reviewingandmonitoring||The above data is reported to a number of bodies such as: