Do Schools Need An Accessibility Plan?

Do Schools Need An Accessibility Plan?

Published on Monday 7th June 2021

Yes, it is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for schools to have an accessibility plan. This needs to be approved by their governing or trust board. Fundamentally, it must support disabled pupils in accessing and benefiting from education, facilities, and services.

Yes, it is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for schools to have an accessibility plan. This needs to be approved by their governing or trust board. Fundamentally, it must support disabled pupils in accessing and benefiting from education, facilities, and services.

An accessibility policy is required at all stages of schooling, including at nursery, preschool, primary, secondary, college and university. 

Some recommendations:

Improve The Physical Environment

 It is essential that all pupils, staff, and visitors can access playgrounds & buildings. Accessbility improvements can include:

- Widening existing interior openings and adding new external doors with ramped access. Ensure that the ramp surface is slip-resistant with a GRP covering or a rubber crumb soft surface.

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Any DDA improvements may require to be signed off by building control and comply with Document M and K of the building regulations.

Accessibility plan - handrailsRemember that the minimum width of a ramped or stepped approach is 1500mm and the minimum handrail height for a level platform is 1100mm.

Also, If the ramp height exceeds 380mm, Infill handrails are required to prevent users from climbing or falling through gaps.

 

Removing dilapidated or unsafe access structures. This includes replacing any rotting or slippery wooden ramps.

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 Provide wheelchair access to play spaces.

accessibility plan improvements

- Provide on-site disabled toilets and changing facilities.

-  Provide handrails to support individuals with limited mobility.

 

Improve the Emergency Evacuation Policy

Implement measures to ensure disabled staff and pupils’ safety in the event of a fire. improvements can include:

- Providing wheelchair accessible fire exits. Ensure to choose a ramp that is non-combustible, such as a metal system. Wooden ramps will burn if exposed to fire.

- Ensure to have audible and visual alarms to assist the deaf and hearing impaired

 

Improve Access To Information School accessibility plan - classroom access

- Ensure signage includes visuals to allow pupils at all reading levels to comprehend.

- Invest in products and teaching resources that will support pupils with varying learning difficulties or disabilities, such as Dyslexia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia Autism and Asperger's syndrome.

 

Knowledge Is Power

Offer staff training on topics such as invisible disabilities. Not all disabilities are visible – some are hidden and not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments.  

There are many measures that can be applied depending on each schools’ individual circumstances and environments. However, an access audit will identify necessary improvements for the accessibility plan.

We can carry out a site survey to identify if ramped or stepped access is feasible. Call 01424 714646 or email: [email protected] to get started.

Access audit  


CASE STUDIES

Downs Way Primary School

MATCHING THE FINISHED FLOOR HEIGHT OF THE CLASSROOM

Application : Education
Location : Oxted, Surrey
System : Fully Compliant Ramp System

Supply & Install

GRP Ramp, University of the Arts

Application : Education
Location : London
System : Standard Ramp System

Supply & Install

Lord Derby Academy

CALCULATING ACCESS TO THE MATHS HUB

Application : Education
Location : Huyton, Merseyside
System : Standard Ramp System

Supply & Install

Palmarsh Primary School

SAFETREAD RUBBER SURFACE – THE IDEAL CHOICE FOR THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Application : Education
Location : Hythe, Kent
System : Standard Ramp System

Supply & Install

Steel Wheelchair ramp, Harrington Primary School

NON-COMBUSTIBLE STEEL RAMP AND STEPS READY FOR SEPTEMBER

Application : Education
Location : Nottingham, Midlands
System : Fully Compliant Ramp System

Rapid Rental

Woodthorpe School

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS TO THE PLAYGROUND

Application : Education
Location : Nottingham, Midlands
System : Standard Ramp System

Supply & Install

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