This plan is drawn up in accordance with the planning duty in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended by the SEN and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA). It draws on the guidance set out in “Accessible Schools: Planning to increase access to schools for disabled pupils”, issued by DfES in July 2002.
Definition of Disability
Disability is defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA):
“A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.”
To reduce and, where possible, eliminate barriers to accessing the curriculum and to full participation for pupils, and prospective pupils, with a disability. However, Cannon Lane Primary School is housed in a building, dating from the 1930s. Major building works by the LA would be required before the building could successfully meet the needs of pupils in wheelchairs or those with severe mobility problems.
Compliance with the DDA is consistent with Cannon Lane Primary School’s aims and equal opportunities policy. Cannon Lane Primary School recognises its duty under the DDA :
- not to discriminate against disabled pupils in their admissions and exclusions, and provision of education and associated services
- not to treat disabled pupils less favourably
- to take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage
In performing their duties, governors and staff will have regard to the DRC Code of Practice (2002).
Cannon Lane Primary School recognises and values parents’ knowledge of their child’s disability and its effect on his/her ability to carry out normal activities, and respects the parents’ and child’s right to confidentiality.
Cannon Lane Primary School provides all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated and adjusted to meet the needs of individual pupils and their preferred learning styles; and endorses the key principles in the National Curriculum 2000 framework, which underpin the development of a more inclusive curriculum:
- setting suitable learning challenges
- responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs
- overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.
- Education and related activities
- Cannon Lane Primary School will continue to seek and follow the advice of specialist teacher advisers and SEN inspectors/advisers, and of appropriate health professionals from the local NHS Trusts.
- Physical environment
- Cannon Lane Primary School will take account of the needs of pupils and visitors with physical difficulties and sensory impairments when planning and undertaking future improvements and refurbishment of the site and premises.
Provision of information
Cannon Lane Primary School will make itself aware of local services, including those provided through the LEA, for providing information in alternative formats when required or requested.
Download the Cannon Lane Primary School Accessibility Plan