Accessibility / Moving and Handling

Access to school buildings can sometimes create difficulties for pupils with mobility problems.

Even if a school is accessible from the outside there might be barriers within the school which could potentially exclude pupils from being able to participate fully in their school curriculum and therefore miss out on the same learning opportunities as their peers.

The number of schools within Fife with good external and internal access is increasing all the time but there will always be those who still do not have the necessary improvements to ensure that pupils can fully access their local school.

The Access Officer can offer advice to schools on a number of strategies and improvements that could be implemented to support pupils with short or long term mobility problems. e.g. assistive seating, height adjustable tables, alterations to existing access points or toilet and changing facilities.

The Access Officer works closely with Education Resources to ensure timely programming of projects for pupils who are moving to a new school that requires improvements or to an existing school where the mobility needs of a particular pupil have changed. The Access Officer also works in conjunction with Physiotherpaists and Occupational Therapists to ensure that pupils are provided with appropriate assistive equipment which can be used in class or to assist with personal care.

Access Assessments can be requested using the School Access Referral Form. Following the assessment the Access Officer will provide advice and recommendations to the school.

The team can deliver both practical and theoretical Moving and Handling training and/or advice in accordance with current legislation (Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974) to:

  • All staff working 'hands on' with pupils with additional support needs (physical) including head teachers and others in a management role.
  • All staff working in nursery settings, including head teachers
  • Staff who escort pupils with additional support needs to and from school

The team also:

  • Provide specialist advice on issues concerning moving and handling as required i.e. problem solve
  • Assist and advise on planning of equipment needs related to moving and handling
  • Try to raise awareness of head teachers in regard to managers/employers moving and handling legal responsibilities
  • Liase with relevant education and therapy staff
Alan Chalmers, Headteacher Supporting Learners' Service (West Area) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 20 55 Contact Alan Chalmers online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

Mark Rochford, Access Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 20 58 Fax: 01592 583 175 Contact Mark Rochford online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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