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As highlighted in our vision and values statement above, New Siblands School is committed to including all pupils. This means providing a fully accessible environment and a learning environment that meets needs regardless of barriers that are physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional or cultural. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

 

New Siblands School has undergone major building works over the last decade. Physical accessibility is excellent, although the school still has ongoing targets as part of our ethos of sustainable improvement. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to:

  • Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist play equipment to the playgrounds.
  • Increase access to the curriculum for all pupils with a disability, taking account of their individual needs. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in leisure, residential and cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum.

A list of actions from the School Improvement Plan is below, relating to these key aspects of accessibility. These plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis.

We acknowledge that we have an ongoing role in raising awareness for staff and governors in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.

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

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health & Safety
  • Behaviour Management
  • Vision 2020

Aims 2016-17

Improving the Physical Access

  • Develop a robust, sequential capital build plan for equipment and buildings to ensure sustainable quality of access and provision
  • Develop outdoor play equipment through planned work with the Friends of New Siblands group and the Curriculum Coordination Team
  • Ensure all new staff receive manual handling training

Improving the Curriculum Access

  • Continue to develop Assessment for Learning (AFL) to help all students know their next steps
  • Modify the marking and feedback policy to include next steps
  • Develop Attention Autism practise across the school in conjunction with the speech and language therapist and prospective middle leaders who are doing the SSAT Lead Practitioner course.
  • Establish a new residential visit centre to augment Kilve Court. Secure a new venue with Calvert Trust.
  • Develop communication curriculum with a focus on improving learning and teaching of social skills for communication – Talkabout programme
  • Extend maths development through focus on using and applying at secondary.

Improving the delivery of Information

  • Review and modify the EHCP paperwork and processes to ensure access for stakeholders.
  • Modify the process to ensure families are supported by school in the process of conversion to an EHCP.
  • Facilitate preparing families for transition at 19 years old through commissioning independent guidance