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Planning to Increase Access to Schools for Disabled Pupils: Circular 15/04

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This circular deals with duties placed on local education authorities (LEAs) and schools (maintained and independent) to plan for and implement action to improve accessibility for disabled pupils.

The new duties require:

  • LEAs to put in place accessibility strategies
  • schools to put in place accessibility plans

Both strategies and plans must deal with:

  • increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum and in activities such as after school clubs, leisure and sporting events and school trips
  • improving the physical environment of schools for disabled pupils
  • improving the delivery to disabled pupils of written information provided to pupils who are not disabled.