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Discussion in 'Governors' started by kelbel, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. I am very confused. We used to have an accessibility plan and then it turned into a Disability Equality Scheme. We no longer have either of those documents but we have a Single Equality Plan. Is it possible for the statutory accessibility plan to be met through the school's Single Equality Plan?


     
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Since September 2012 certain things must be on your school website and one of those is what the Regulations call "The report prepared by the school under section 317(5)(a) of Education Act 1996 (duties of governing bodies in relation to special educational needs)."
    This should include:
    • information about the implementation of the governing body's policy for pupils with special educational needs and any changes to the policy during the last year;
    • arrangements for admission of disabled pupils;
    • steps taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils;
    • details of existing facilities to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities;
    • the accessibility plan (covering future policies for increasing access to the school by pupils with disabilities) prepared by the governing body under paragraph 3 of Schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010.
    These were all previously a statutory requirement in the Prospectus
    Nothing says these all have to be in the same document. Both this information and anything you say about your other equality duties can be written in any format you like, it's what you say that matters, not how many documents you have.
    The Single Equality Plan requirement has been replaced by the Public Sector Equality Duty [PSED]. On this link is the DfE list of statutory policies for schools. Scroll through it to the PSED item and the links in that item will take you to more DfE guidance on the PSED. You are required to publish information about your school's PSED and although nothing says that this must be on your website the DfE suggest this is the best way to publish it and it's what most schools have done.
    http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/statutory%20policies%20for%20schools-%2010%20october%202012.pdf
     

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