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Schools Accessibility Strategy

Each Local Authority in the UK has a legal requirement to ensure that all children and young people with SEND have access to the National Curriculum. All Local Authorities are required to publish an Accessibility Strategy.  

The overall aim is to ensure that North Somerset supports schools in meeting the needs of disabled pupils and enabling them to achieve aspirational outcomes. The strategy supports and encourages schools to ensure that all students can access the curriculum, use school facilities and be part of the school community.

Accessibility Planning is required to:

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment of all schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided

All schools are required to have a SEN Policy and also to publish an SEN Information Report which sets out how they identify the needs of and support pupils with SEND. You should be able to find this on the school's website, as part of the Local Offer.

The draft version of the School Accessibility strategy is available for comments.  The original Schools Accessibility Strategy covers 2016-2019.  If you wish to comment on the draft version please contact us via email:

Accessibility Planning Audit 2018

In Spring 2018 we undertook a desktop survey of the SEN Information Reports and Local Offers of schools in North Somerset or where North Somerset resident pupils were placed, in order to determine which had published details of accessibility planing. It should be noted that the majority of North Somerset schools are now Academies and remain responsible for this area of work. The number of schools which are indepdent of the Local Authority has increased considerably since the original publication of our 2016-2019 strategy.

School Type No evidence of Accessibility Planning Some evidence of Accessibility Planning
63 Primary Schools 29 (46.03%) 34 (53.9%)
11 Secondary Schools 4 (36.3%) 7 (63.6%)
3 Special Schools 0 3 (100%)
4 Independent Schools 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
78 Out of County Schools 56 (71.7%) 22 (28.2%)
Total 91 (57.2%) 68 (42.7%)

Our Equality and Diversity team will continue to support all schools who undertake planning, in line with our new Draft Strategy.

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