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Accessibility Strategy

Cornwall’s Accessibility Strategy, Accessibility Audit Tool and example Accessibility Plan and Template

Cornwall Council’s  Accessibility Strategy sets out the vision for all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)  to have an inclusive education which provides opportunities for them to achieve  positive outcomes, to realise their ambitions and to  participate fully in their wider society.

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The Cornwall Accessibility Strategy sets out how the Local Authority will realise this vision through the following priorities:

  • Ensuring compliance of the Local Authority, and all educational settings for which it is responsible, with the requirements of Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Maximising inclusion and the feeling of inclusion for all children and young people with SEND in their educational setting.
  • Increasing the extent to which children and young people with SEND can participate in the curriculum, including the enrichment curriculum, in all educational settings.
  • Improving the physical environment of all educational settings to increase the extent to which children and young people with SEND can fully access education.
  • Enhancing the delivery of information, advice and guidance to all children and young people with SEND and their families.

Cornwall’s Principles of inclusion:

  • Diversity should be celebrated, equality of opportunity promoted and all children, young people and families treated with respect.
  • All children and young people should have regular opportunities to learn, play and develop alongside each other in their local community.
  • Barriers to participation and achievement should be overcome as far as possible and children and young people encouraged in their aspirations.
  • Children and young people should be supported by adults who work in partnership with them, their families and other professionals.
  • Cultures, policies and practice should be developed to ensure the inclusion of all children and young people

Schools must have a written Accessibility Plan.The Accessibility Plans can be appended to or be part of the SEN Information Report. Useful guidance can be found in the Equality Act 2010 and schools: Departmental advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities.

As part of the Accessibility Strategy an Accessibility Audit and an example Accessibility Plan and template has been produced in consultation with stakeholders.