We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual and emotional needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
What we do to prevent pupils with disabilities from being treated less favourably:
- Key staff have training in specific areas as required e.g. autism spectrum disorders, visual impairment, speech, language and communication, physical disabilities and attachment disorder.
- Advice from specialists is sought as the need arises to ensure pupils are fully included in the learning.
- Lessons are structured flexibly to include individual, pair, group and whole class work with consideration of the needs of pupils with disabilities. Lessons are delivered to take account of a wide range of learning styles and needs.
- Pupils are praised for their output and staff acknowledge the time taken by pupils and the effort to complete the tasks.
- Pupils can have extra time in Key Stage 2 SATs and extra time in class assessments to allow them to show their full potential.
- Pupils are appropriately grouped and seated according to their academic ability and all pupils are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
- Large print materials can be provided for children with visual impairment. Advice can be taken from advisory teachers for the visually impaired and other adaptations made if necessary.
- We work closely with Durham I.T. service and take support from Durham SEN team. Advice would be sought on how to best support a pupil. We also can seek advice from advisory teachers.
- The facilities to assist access are outlined in our Accessibility Plan which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.
- Our Accessibility Plan and the short, medium and long term actions, will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis and a new Accessibility Plan will be produced every three years.
The Accessibility Plan contains relevant actions to:
- Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary.
- Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability. This covers reasonable adjustments within teaching and learning, specialist aids and equipment and the wider curriculum of the school, such as after school clubs, visits etc,
- Improve the provision of information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. All information will be made available in various formats within a reasonable time frame.