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£4.76m disabled access schools scheme

A programme worth £4.76million to improve disabled access at Birmingham schools is set to be considered for approval by the City Council’s Cabinet Committee on December 20.

The Schools Access Initiative Programme 2008-11 is set to benefit in the region of 50 mainstream schools annually and fits in with a city-wide strategy to ensure that all schools are brought up to a minimum standard of accessibility.

It is proposed that the programme will be developed by Birmingham City Council’s Urban Design team, as preferred consultant, and GF Tomlinson, as preferred contractor through the Birmingham Construction Partnership – the City Council’s Strategic Contractor Partnering arrangement.

Schools are selected for their inclusion within the programme based on research including the findings of an access audit of all schools, and this is the seventh year that such a strategic approach has been adopted by a steering group led by the council.

Cllr Les Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Despite the fact that many of the individual projects proposed for the Schools Access Initiative Programme have a relatively low financial value, their worth to pupils and staff is priceless.

“This well-established programme is ensuring that Birmingham has schools that allow those with Special Educational Needs can be successfully included within mainstream as well as the teaching and support staff that work within them.”

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