SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Coventry's Accessibility Strategy

All schools are required to make reasonable adjustments for any child who has specific long or short term health needs or a disability.

This might include exploring the scope for and following recommendations about physical adaptations to the school, providing access for pupils with disabilities by installing  handrails, lighting and contrast application and training.

It might also include providing children with specialist furniture, adapted materials or ancillary aids like writing slopes, specialist IT equipment, or assistive technology like Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) that would include signing and more specialist communication aids. Schools also have the duty to ensure that appropriate management of medical needs are met in school.

The council must have an Accessibility Strategy and each school must have an Access Plan, which sets out how they will improve access to:

  • the curriculum for disabled children and young people
  • school buildings
  • information

The specific duties regulations within the Equality Act 2010 requires schools:

  1. to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
  2. to prepare and publish equality objectives.

This information will also be included in or available through each school’s SEN Information Report that can be found on each school's website, or on each independent school or college's website.

The Equality Duty is proportionate, which means that the duty will not be the same for a small primary school as they are for a large secondary school.

View Coventry's Accessibility Strategy

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