The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 has 3 main aims:
1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Our school is committed to ensure that equality of opportunity is available to all members of the school community. For our school this means, not simply treating everybody the same but, understanding and tackling the different barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for different groups of pupils in school, celebrating and valuing the equal opportunity achievements and strengths of all members of the school community. These include:-
We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. We want to provide an environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimization of any kind. We want to educate our pupils in an environment which recognizes, celebrates and draws upon the diversity of our community and offers equal respect, appropriate support and fair rewards for all our pupils.
At our school, equality is a key principle for treating all people the same. The Equality Act defines eight ‘Protected Characteristics’ :
3. Gender reassignment
4. Pregnancy and maternity
6. Religion and belief
8. Sexual orientation
Promoting Equality through the Curriculum
We aim to provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed, and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. To do this, teaching and learning will:
There is a consistently high expectation of all pupils regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability or social background. All pupils are encouraged to improve on their own achievements and not to measure themselves against others. Parents are also encouraged to view their own children’s achievements in this light. To secure the desired outcomes we recognise:
We aim to ensure that:
We are aware that those involved in the leadership of the school community are instrumental in demonstrating mutual respect between all members of the school community;
When ordering new resources and materials we consider how they show equality
The provision of good quality resources and materials within our school is a high priority. These resources should:
We recognise that it is important that at our school that all members of the school community use appropriate language which:
It is the policy of our school to provide equal access to all activities from an early age e.g. girls playing football, boys playing netball and mixed teams wherever possible.
We undertake responsibility for making contributors to extra-curricular activities aware of the school’s commitment to equality of opportunity (e.g. sports helpers, coach drivers) by providing them with written guidelines drawn from this policy.
We try to ensure that all such non staff members who have contract with children adhere to these guidelines and are CRB checked.
We undertake at our school to make appropriate provision for all EAL/bilingual children/groups to ensure access to the whole curriculum. These groups may include:
We recognise the need for positive role models and distribution of responsibility among staff. This must include pupil’s access to a balance of male and female staff at both key stages.
We undertake to encourage the career development and aspirations of all individuals.
It is our policy to provide staff with training and development, which will increase awareness of the needs of different groups of pupils in the various dimensions of equality of opportunity.
It is the duty of this school to challenge all types of discriminatory behaviour e.g.:
The school has a clear, agreed procedure for dealing with incidents such as these.
Partnerships with Parents/Carers and the Wider Community
We aim to work in partnership with parents to help all pupils to achieve their potential.
We wish to affirm our continuing commitment to each out to all diverse groups within our immediate community and beyond. We would do this by:
Equality is identified as an area requiring careful and ongoing monitoring and due regard is given to the promotion of all aspects of equality within our school community. The Personnel and Policy (P and P) committee of the Governors are responsible for monitoring this by
We regularly review the impact of our equalities work on the needs, entitlements and outcomes for pupils, staff and parents from the equality strands referred to in this document. We pay specific reference to the impact that our work has on the attainment of pupils from different groups. We make regular assessments of pupils’ learning and use this information to track pupils’ progress, as they move through the school. As part of this process, we regularly monitor the performance of individual pupils to ensure that everyone is making the best possible progress. We use this information to adjust future teaching and learning plans, as necessary. Interventions and resources are available to support groups or individual pupils where information suggests that progress is not as good as it should be. The governing body receives regular updates on pupil performance information. School performance information is compared to national data and Local Authority data, to ensure that pupils are making appropriate progress when compared to all schools, and to schools in similar circumstances. Our small cohort numbers do make this data unreliable as our statistics can vary considerably year on year.
In our school, all members of the school community have a responsibility towards supporting the equality agenda. Responsibilities are laid out as follows:
The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that:
The Headteacher is responsible for:
All staff are responsible for:
.Legislation used as guidance when preparing this document