School access initiative programme
We provide Schools Access Initiative funding to improve access to mainstream schools for pupils with disabilities. All Central Bedfordshire Schools, except Voluntary Aided Schools and Academies, can apply for the grant funding.
Schools can apply for capital funding for building works to adapt and improve the school building, or buy specialised equipment to make the school more accessible to a child with disabilities. Examples of projects funded include: ramps, disabled toilets, wet rooms, electronic doors, acoustic adaptations and soundfield systems. Examples of equipment funded include: special chairs, height adjustable desks, changing tables and hoists.
Funding is allocated, based on the needs of a specific child, to schools that currently have, or are due to admit, one or more disabled pupils on roll.
Applications are evaluated against the priority of funding identified in our Accessibility Strategy (PDF 219KB) which, in summary, sets priority as follows:
- improvements to meet the needs of a child already in school, or due to transfer to a school in the following year;
- improvements where adaptations will be required in future years;
- other improvements to allow access as set out in each School Accessibility Plan.
There are two application rounds and a Panel of officers from the Special Education Needs and Disability Service, the School Organisation, Admissions and Capital Planning Team and Head Teachers from the Central Bedfordshire Special Schools, meet in April and October to assess applications and set the programme.