Darlington SEN Accessibility Strategy

Darlington Borough Council’s Accessibility Strategy sets out the vision of all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) having access to inclusive learning across all of its educational settings providing opportunities to ensure that every child in the borough receives the best possible start in life, enabling them to live well and take advantage of the many benefits and opportunities on offer in Darlington.

The Council’s priorities are:

  • 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.
  • To support and encourage schools to increase the extent to which children and young people with SEND can participate in the curriculum, including the enrichment curriculum, in all educational settings.
  • To support schools to identify and address 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.

Darlington Borough Council was given some key messages which underpin this strategy which are encompassed within the following set of guiding principles:

  • Inclusion
  • Access and quality
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Listening, active participation and partnership: (Pupil Voice)
  • Safeguarding
  • Rights and Responsibilities

A training package to support schools comply with both the Children and Families Act and Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 in this same duty to produce Accessibility Plans has been developed. 

When a school links its Accessibility Plan to the SEN Information Report, or includes the plan within the report, they comply with the legislation. Details of the SEN Information Report requirements are at paragraph 6.79 of the SEND Code of Practice. 

Darlington Borough Council aspires that all SEN Information Reports are linked to the Darlington Local Offer. This will support The Local Offer in providing a comprehensive overview of provision for children and young people with SEND.

A school must publish a SEN Information Report that:

  • complies with section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014, regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
  • includes details of:
    • a school’s admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities
    • the steps you have taken to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favourably than other pupils
    • access facilities for pupils with SEN
    • the accessibility plan the school’s governing body has written in compliance with schedule 10 of the Equality Act.

Other details

Related links
SEND Code of Practice

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