Section 1: Vision statement

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to show how Billesley Primary School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils.  Billesley Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.


Definition of Disability

According to the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if:
a) He or she has a physical or mental impairment.
b) The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Legal Background

Under the Equality Act 2010 all schools must have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation including the DDA. The effect of the laws is the same as in the past, meaning that ‘Schools cannot lawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation’.

This plan has been drawn up based upon information supplied by the Local Authority, and in conjunction with pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and will advise other school planning documents.

This Accessibility Plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of our school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:

  1. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum; which 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;

  2. Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;  

  3. Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

Documents and policies

The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following school policies, strategies and documents:

  • Curriculum policy

  • Equality Objectives

  • Single Equality Policy

  • Staff development policy

  • Health and Safety Policy

  • Special Educational Needs Policy

  • Behaviour Management Policy

  • School Development plan

  • Asset Management Plan/ Suitability Survey

  • School Brochure/ prospectus and Vision Statement

The Schools complaints procedure covers the Accessibility plan.

Training

Whole school training will recognise the need to continue raising awareness for staff and governors on equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010.

Plan Availability:

The school makes the Accessibility Plan available in the following ways:

• A copy is posted on the school’s website

• Paper copies are available from the front office

Review and Evaluation:

It is a requirement that our accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually. Below is a set of action plans showing how Billesley Primary School will address the priorities identified in the plan. The plan is valid for three years 2016-9. It is reviewed annually.

Approved by: …………………………

 

Date: ………………………………….

 

Next review date: ……………………


Section 2: Aims and objectives

Our aims are to:

  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability

  • Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

  • Improve the delivery of written information to pupils

 

The table below sets out how the school will achieve these aims.

Aim

Current good practice

Include established practice and practice under development

Objectives

State short, medium and long-term objectives

Actions to be taken

Person responsible

Date to complete actions by

Success criteria

Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability

 

Billesley offers a differentiated curriculum for children of all abilities and uses specific resources to ensure certain pupils are able to access the curriculum fully.

Training for specific staff including medical

Audit of CPD needed.

Class Teacher

SENCo

Dec 2016

List of areas staff feel they would like training for.

Use of ICT equipment

Teachers to be given opportunities to watch Outstanding practitioner use ICT in lessons.

Evidence of ICT equipment being used in lessons more effectively in termly lesson observation.

Currently trialling a Gross Motor Intervention being run by the Sports coach. (started May 2016)

To offer gross motor interventions for specific children to help them to access the PE curriculum.

Training course for sports coach to attend (Oct 2016) in order to create and establish a gross motor group.

SENCo

Sport Coach

June 2017

Established a Gross Motor group with assessment which identifies and show progression.

 

Resource base on site at Billesley

To integrate resource base children into mainstream activities more.

Run appropriate clubs for children to attend including lunchtime clubs e.g. Lego club

SENCo

TA

Jan 2017

50% of resource base children attending a club regularly either at lunchtime or afterschool

Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

Specific children have specific equipment and setting arrangements which have been implemented throughout the year. Ensure a smooth transition occurs in Sept to new classes and implement new ideas for new pupils.

Arrange a meeting to focus on the layout of the classroom environment to ensure accessibility for children with a range of learning/ behavioural / physical needs

Review and implement a preferred layout of furniture and equipment to support the learning process in individual class rooms.

Class teacher

SENCo

Sept 2016

Lessons start on time without the need to make adjustment to accommodate the needs of individual pupils.

Currently within EYFS there are steps with yellow warning stripes on. Ramp positioned into Nursery entrance.

To improve the access into the EYFS for all.  

School plans to improve access to designated EYFS over successive financial years.

SLT

Governors

On going -2019

Improved access to EYFS for people in wheelchairs.

Steps currently have yellow lines in playground to guide children

To improve the visibility of yellow lines

Repaint all yellow lines on playground to help with visibility

SLT

On-going 2019

Yellow lines visible

Improve the delivery of written information to pupils

Staff are aware of Widgit symbols and have received training on using Communication in Print.

Arrange a meeting to focus on the visual cues in the classroom environment to ensure accessibility for children with a range of learning/ behavioural / physical needs

Use Widgit symbols to label trays.

Use visual timetables and calendars.

SENCo

Class Teacher

LSA

Sept 2016

Classroom environment to have resources in place.

Currently only WC have signs.

To improve signage around school including visual clues to aid visually impaired and EAL.

Use widget symbols to create door signs to inform pupils, new staff, visitors of the school particular use for the room and for them to identify important rooms

SLT

SENCo

Sept 2017

Signs to be used around school to identity the use of individual rooms.

 

Staff are welcoming and happy to invite parents and visitors into school

Improve communication at the front door

Create pamphlets which are available at the front desk to direct parents and visitors to local support networks e’g’ child trust


Have a TV welcoming parents and visitors with LIVE twitter feed and interesting events displayed. Include BBC news feed.

Have school prospectus available in different languages.

SENCo

Lead Practitioners

Sept 2018

Pamphlets on display

TV up and working

Prospectus translated.

 

Section 3: Access audit

Feature

Description


Actions to be taken


Person responsible


Date to complete actions by

Number of storeys

School has areas leading to KS1 and KS2 with steps.

Lift already in place. Annual maintenance checks to occur.

Site manager

Annual

Corridor access

All corridors are accessible for wheelchairs and wide enough for manoeuvre

Corridors to be tidy and free from obstructions

All school staff

Sept 2016

Signage

No signage in school.

Use widget symbols to create door signs to inform pupils, new staff, visitors of the particular use for the room and for them to identify important rooms e.g. WC.

To be designed and positioned to inform those with visual impairment and wheelchair users.

SENCo

Sept 2017

Fire alarms

Currently auditory alarm in place

Visual fire alarms to be installed in new areas of the school and when old areas are being developed.

Site manager

SLT

On going to 2019

Doors

Newly installed doors are accessible for people standing and sitting in a wheelchair and they can see each other form either side of the door. Older doors are solid with high windows making this impossible.

When doors are replaced they will be accessible for all.

Site manager

SLT

On going to 2019

Emergency escape routes

Labels well and clearly displayed throughout school.

Continue to ensure signs are maintained.

Site manager

SLT

On going to 2019

 

Enquiry Day

INSPIRE

On Thursday 15th September,  all the pupils at Billesley Primary School took part in a special day to launch our 3 school values….

INSPIRE

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day

CREATE

As children and parents, entered the playground on that misty September morning, they were intrigued to find our new values lurking in weird and wonderful ways.

CREATE

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day

ACHIEVE

An instant buzz of excitement filled the air as pupils wondered what was going on.

ACHIEVE

Inspire, Create and Achieve

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Once inside their classrooms, pupils were asked what they thought each word meant and had to write their ideas down onto large, sheets of paper.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



Using these ideas, they then had came up with their own definitions for each word.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



Feeling inspired, it was now time to get creative. It was challenge time!

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



Taking one of the  value words, pupils had to come up with an unusual and exciting way to display it.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

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We had a whole range of ideas from spelling the words using shoes and jumpers to using our own bodies!

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day


After break, it was time to get inspired once again. All pupils were involved in a P4C enquiry based around a book called ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds. During discussions, classes came up with questions inspired by the events in the story.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

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This lead to some incredibly insightful and interesting conversations, with pupils listening and responding to each others ideas and opinions.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

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In the afternoon, the whole school continued to be inspired by ‘The Dot’ with pupils being asked to create something influenced by the story.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



Children created a whole range of things including drawings, paintings,

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



plays, poems, dances, stories, collages, raps…

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



To celebrate everything the school had achieved that afternoon, we created a whole school gallery in the main hall,

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



where everyone could share what they had created and we could all be inspired by each others achievements.

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Enquiry Day



Well done Billesley! What an amazing day it was!

Inspire, Create and Achieve

Contact Us

Billesley Primary School
Trittiford Road
Billesley
Birmingham
B13 0ES
0121 675 2800