We have had a great time exhibiting at the Tes SEN Show this week and have met some very interesting people. The Tes SEN Show, held at the Business Design Centre in London, attracts SEN professionals allowing them to benefit from direct access to professional development opportunities and the latest products, resources and services available.
EA Audits were there exhibiting and chatting to all SEN professionals about their accessibility plans in schools. Whilst it was very tiring being on our feet all day(!) we felt like the show was extremely successful, so much so that we have rebooked to exhibit again next year!
We found it surprising however that many SENCOs we spoke to believed that an ‘Accessibility Plan’ referred to the school building only. This is a very common misconception we have come across throughout the years! ‘Access to the Building’ is in fact only 1/3 of an Accessibility Plan – it must also include ‘Access to the Curriculum’ and ‘Access to the Written Word’.
If you are a SENCO, make sure that your school complies with the Equality Act of 2010. By using the term ‘access’, we are not only referring to physical access!