Disability & Accessibility

The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education. Since September 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils, under Part 4 of the DDA:
  • not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
  • to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
  • to plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.
Our Accessibility Plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of Lanchester E.P. Primary School to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:
  • increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
  • improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
  • improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.
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.’
At Lanchester E.P. Primary School we aim to:
  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
With this in mind, our Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with stake holders and covers the period from September 2016 – September 2019.
We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors, regardless of their age, education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.
We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.