Accessibility plan: requirements

Your school must have an accessibility plan. Find out what your plan needs to include, and follow our step-by-step guide to make sure you stay compliant.

Last reviewed on 25 October 2022
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  1. All schools must have an accessibility plan
  2. Writing and reviewing your plan: step-by-step

All schools must have an accessibility plan

There's no set format, but it must show your intent to:

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of the education, benefits, facilities and services you provide
  • Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils

This is explained in the DfE's advice for schools on the Equality Act (page 29).

Your plan must be reviewed at least every 3 years. This is set out in the DfE's guidance on statutory policies and documents for schools.

Writing and reviewing your plan: step-by-step

Step 1: conduct an accessibility audit

You can combine this with your health and safety inspections, to save you having to assess the school more than once.

You can see examples of accessibility audits in another article.

Download and adapt our model accessibility plan to help you get