What are reasonable measures?

Under the Equality Act 2010 your school has an obligation to take ‘reasonable measures’ to ensure its accessibility.

Access Auditing is a process of looking primarily at the physical structure of schools and aims to create better spaces and events for everyone. It provides a structured way of addressing physical access rather than relying solely on informal conversations with disabled users.

Equality Act Audits enable schools to create an environment that is more welcoming to all.

Access audits for Schools are specifically tailored to individual schools and may include looking at areas such as:

• basic physical access – doors, lighting, lifts, ramps, floor finishes, stairs…
• decoration – colours, contrasts, textures, visual mapping, coding…
• fire escape/evacuation – procedures, refuges, alarms, specific equipment…
• sanitary facilities – toilets, accessible toilet requirements, fixtures & fittings…
• way finding – signage,maps, guides,warning markers, information…
• communication equipment – phones, computers, tannoy/paging, loops…
• refreshment/recreation facilities – bars, cafes, kitchen areas…
• transport – parking, drop-off points, public transport to site…

There is still a widespread belief that access to venues is about wheelchair users and so is dependent on lifts and ramps yet only 4% of the 8.7 million disabled people in the UK use wheelchairs. People also think that improvements to accessibility can only be made at great expense, but many can be made for little or no cost.

The most effective way to begin looking at physical access considerations is to undergo a physical access audit, usually undertaken by a disability access auditor. Let EA Audits visit your school and our ex Headteacher, Lesley Mifsud advise you and prepare your 3 legal requirements for you. By law you must have: An Access Audit, An Accessibility Plan and a SEN Policy.