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Accessible education for all

Schools Access Initiative

Nottinghamshire County Council supports children and young people, wherever possible, to attend local mainstream schools through the provision of appropriate support, which could include undertaking adaptations to the school site, mitigating the need for extensive travel requirements.

In support of this, and ensuring that all of Nottinghamshire’s youngest residents have access to exceptional learning environments, Arc Partnership on behalf of the Council, through the Schools Access Initiative, design and deliver reasonable adjustments to existing school structures that enable pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to access the national curriculum and achieve their full potentials.

A range of adaptations to schools and academies can involve large-scale design projects such as hygiene suites and lift extensions, and small to medium-scale projects including external ramps and door widening. Working closely with the schools, our team will create and implement an accessibility plan to improve the overall accessibility and physical environment, to enable SEND pupils to benefit from their education, facilities and services.

Schools Access Initiative services include:
  • Hygiene suites
  • Acoustic improvements
  • Calming rooms
  • Internal alterations, including door widening
  • Wheelchair access, including ramps
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