Accessibility plans: audit checklists

Get guidance on carrying out an accessibility audit as part of your duty to have an accessibility plan. Find out who to consult and see examples from schools and local councils.

Last reviewed on 23 February 2023
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  1. Review your accessibility plan every 3 years
  2. See audit checklists from local authorities
  3. See audit checklists from schools

Review your accessibility plan every 3 years

It’s a statutory requirement to have an accessibility plan, and Ofsted may review it during an inspection.

If you’re not sure what to include in your plan, take a look at your accessibility plan requirements and our model accessibility plan.

You need to review your accessibility plan every 3 years (as explained in the DfE guidance on statutory policies for schools and academy trusts). It can be approved by:

  • The governing board (or a committee), or
  • An individual governor, or
  • The headteacher

A review is not the same as an audit

You don’t necessarily need to conduct a new audit each time the plan is to be reviewed.

If there have been no significant changes to your buildings or context, a simpler review of the current plan may