Accessibility Strategy for Disabled Pupils
You may have been told to check out our accessibility strategy to find out about travel options to and from school for your child
According to schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 all local authorities must have an Accessibility Strategy for Disabled Pupils for the schools they are responsible for. This helps make sure that we:
- increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in schools’ curriculums;
- improve the physical environment of schools for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by schools;
- improve the delivery of information to disabled pupils which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled.
Linking to this strategy all maintained schools are required to publish an Accessibility Plan on their website.
We're currently updating out Accessibility Strategy to take account of the changes in SEN and Disability provision implemented following the Children and Families Act 2014. A draft accessibility statement provides an update from the previous Education Accessibility Strategy published in 2008.
We're only responsible for maintained schools (the schools that we fund) so this strategy doesn't apply to academies.
All schools, including Academies, have to keep Accessibility Plans under review and publish information on their websites. All secondary schools in Bournemouth and most primary schools are academies. You can find out more by looking on your school’s website or talk to someone at the school directly.
General transport accessibility strategy for Dorset
Working with the Borough of Poole and Dorset council we have written a Local Transport Plan which has a general accessibility strategy for the county.
This includes our plans for improving public transport and travel routes for people with disabilities and young people.