Completing the Accessibility Profile

You now have the information to create the accessibility profile. 

The profile summarises the information in your SWOT, describing what works and things that might be challenging. 

You should include the key points identified in the SWOT and any actions that need to be taken to improve the learning environment. This may include using certain pieces of equipment, avoiding certain activities at certain times of the day, or standing in certain places. It should not only be useful to you but allow someone else who comes into your classroom to quickly become familiar with your class and your teaching practice.

So, using our class example from earlier: 

Strengths Improve accessibility and inclusion by:  
WeaknessesImprove accessibility and inclusion by:
  
1. We like the quiet corner for when we or our friends are tired or stressed
2. Our teacher is the best!
1. Ensure the quiet corner is accessible for all when they need it. 
2. Enjoy the glory!
1. Some of us can’t hear when videos are played on the laptop
2. The sun is in our eyes in the morning so we can’t see clearly
1. Investigate new audio visual options
2. Consider hanging blinds or changing the direction the pupils face.
Opportunities 
  
Threats 
 
1. We understand better when we role play2. Pictures and drawings help us remember1. Find more opportunities to embed role play into lessons
 
 2. Embed images within the lessons. Allow pupils to show their understanding through drawings and images.
1. Some people bump into each other or furniture when we have to move around the classroom.

2. People at the back whisper during class and it is distracting. 
1. Consider ways to manage the flow of children around the room. Perhaps implement a one-way system or rearrange the furniture to create clear pathways2. Check the acoustics in the class. Are the students talking because they can’t hear you?

Accessibility Profile for the whole Class

What works well:> Role Play
> Use of images in lessons to support learning
> Pupils using images to demonstrate understanding
> Use of quiet corner for down time 

Things to be aware of:> Some acoustic issues in the classroom – so need to use speakers with the laptop and ensure the pupils at the back of the class can hear you clearly.
> The light entering the classroom between 10am-12pm shines directly into pupils eyes – so ensure blinds are drawn at this time of day. 
> Some pupils have challenges with mobility and spatial awareness – so ensure the one way system is followed and aisles are kept clear

And that is it! The profile above is a short and easily understood summary of all the information you have gathered. It is easy to use and reflects some of the key points impacting the class. 

You may wish to include some additional notes but keep these concise:

What works well:Notes
Role PlayPlaying out scenarios in pairs works best for this class. 
(Especially helps Petra, Sami and Donny with their comprehension.)
Use of images in lessons to support learningAn illustration showing the lesson’s learning objective helps to focus class. Leave it up for the duration of the lesson as a reminder. (Priya and Anu particularly benefit from this). 
Comic strips also help understanding. This works particularly well in science. 
Pupils using images to demonstrate understandingWhen setting homework, ensure there is always an option for completing work using pictures. 
Use of quiet corner for down time
Children are allowed to spend 5-10 minutes in corner if needed but have found whole class 3-minute breathing sessions benefits all. Doing this on a daily basis reduces the number of kids asking to use quiet corner. 
(David and Saskia benefit from a few minutes in the quiet corner in the afternoons to recharge.) 
Things to be aware of:
Some acoustic issues in the classroom Need to use speakers with the laptop and ensure the pupils at the back of the class can hear you clearly. 
The light entering the classroom between 10am-12pm shines directly into pupils eyes. Ensure blinds are drawn at this time of day.  Don’t leave them drawn as it makes pupils drowsy in afternoon! 
Some pupils have challenges with mobility and spatial awareness.Ensure the one-way system is followed and aisles are kept clear. n.b. Class gets an extra 10 house points for each day aisles are kept clear for a whole day. 

You still have the SWOT summary to refer to if you need more detail or to justify your classroom layout/ teaching practices. 

The information in the SWOT for the individual can be treated in the same way and used to inform an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or any other relevant documents.  

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