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Introduction

The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have access to the curriculum and to the physical environment. Improving access to education is vital to improving inclusion within mainstream schools, ensuring equality of opportunity, ensuring access to employment opportunities and in ensuring that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

There is a wide range of provision available in South Gloucestershire for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The local authority works in partnership with schools to ensure that provision is relevant and responsive to needs. Special schools have strong links with mainstream schools to promote inclusion. Specialist services and outreach providers from special schools are flexible in their approach to ensure that all pupils enjoy full participation.

This strategy is for headteachers, governors, parents/carers, professionals and members of the local community. It should inform individual School Access Plans developed with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and implemented by each school.

This accessibility strategy applies to local authority maintained schools, nurseries and children’s centres. In legal terms it does not apply to academies. Owners/governing bodies of such provisions must produce their own accessibility strategy in accordance with the Equality Act.