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Accessibility Strategy

The Equality Act 2010 brought together a range of equality duties and requirements within one piece of legislation. The Act introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED - sometimes also referred to as the ‘general duty’) that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and academies (including Free Schools) and which extends to all protected characteristics - race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. This combined equality duty came into effect in April 2011.

The duty has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Requirements for local authorities to put in place an accessibility strategy are specified in schedule 10 of the Act: Accessibility for disabled pupils.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is currently reviewing its Accessibility Strategy and will publish it here when it is available.

Schools must also publish their own Accessibility Plans covering the above requirements. The Education section of the Local Offer provides information about schools within the local area and links to their websites. Please check the individual school’s websites or contact schools directly for information about their Accessibility Plans.