Every Local Authority must have an Accessibility Strategy (from the Equality Act 2010).  Every school must have an Accessibility Plan.  This page gives you more information on what Bristol City Council's Accessibility Strategy and information for schoools to help write their Accessibility Plans.

The Equality Act 2010 requires every Local Authority in England and Wales to prepare an accessibility strategy that meets the following requirements:

“(2) An accessibility strategy is a strategy for, over a prescribed period—
(a) increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the schools’ curriculums;
(b) improving the physical environment of the schools for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by the schools;
(c) improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled.”
Equality Act 2010, Schedule 10, Accessibility for disabled pupils


Bristol City Council has updated its Accessibility Strategy for 2017-19 and you can download it here.


Accessibility Plans

Just as the Local Authority must have an Accessibility Strategy schools are required to have an Accessibility Plan.  This includes special schools, nursery schools and independent schools.  You can find out information about Accessibility Plans, including a template and a framework to help you complete your Accessibility Plan, from the Accessibility Strategy 2017-19.

Download the Accessibility Plan template.


Training opportunity

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and Liverpool John Moores University have developed a fantastic FREE online training opportunity for all school staff to learn how to meet their Equality Act duties and remove barriers to education for disabled learners.  There’s no limit to how many staff can complete this training.

You can access the training from: https://unlockingopportunities.equalityhumanrights.com/default.asp


This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 8 September by SENDop


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