Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Equality Objectives

We believe that all pupils and members of staff should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, whatever their background, identity and circumstance. We are a community that recognises and celebrates difference within a culture of respect and co-operation.
 
We will promote equality in relation to all protected characteristics, which include age, disability, gender, race, religion, beliefs and sexual orientation.
 
We will promote a shared sense of belonging for all who work, learn and use the services of our school.
 
Equality will only be achieved and maintained by the whole school community working together- learners, staff, governors, parents, carers and other adults with responsibility for our children.
 
This Single Equality Scheme provides a framework for our school to promote equality, inclusion and community and to eliminate harassment, prejudice and discrimination. In line with our duties under the Equality Act 2010 the scheme sets out how we publish information and objectives to demonstrate our commitment to and compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
  • We pledge to respect the equal human rights of all our pupils and to educate them about equality.
  • We will also respect the equal rights of our staff and other members of the school community.
  • In particular, we will comply with relevant legislation and implement our school’s Equality Action Plan, which addresses priorities for the next three years.

This Single Equality Statement replaces our former individual policies for: race, gender, disability and community cohesion.

Roles & Responsibilities
The governors are responsible for:
  •  ensuring that the school complies with the relevant equality legislation;
  •  ensuring that the Equality Scheme and procedures are approved, monitored and reviewed every 3 years.
The head teacher is responsible for:
  • providing proactive leadership to create a community that recognises and celebratesdifference within a culture of respect and cooperation making sure the school Equality Scheme and its procedures are followed;
  • making sure the Equality Action Plan is readily available and that the governors, staff, pupils, and their parents and guardians know about them;
  • producing regular information for staff and governors about the plans and how they are working;
  • making sure all staff know their responsibilities and receive training and support in carrying these out;
  • taking appropriate action in cases of harassment and discrimination
  • ensuring every aspect of school life is subject to the equality duties including: admissions, attendance and behaviour, teaching and learning, extended schools, welfare and well being , progress and attainment, recruitment and retention, professional development and performance management.
All staff are responsible for:
  • eliminating discrimination, advancing equality and fostering good relations
  • challenging inappropriate language and behaviour
  • tackling bias and stereotyping
  • responding appropriately to incidents of discrimination and harassment
  • responding appropriately to the needs of all school users with protected characteristics
  • highlighting to senior staff training or development needs they require to carry out their responsibilities
Information Gathering
We will collect a broad range of quantitative (attainment levels, progress rates, attendance, exclusions/behaviour issues, racist incidents, pupil voice representation, parental engagement) and qualitative (curriculum impact, minutes of meetings, views of parents, attendance at after school activities) to demonstrate our progress in equality, inclusion and community cohesion.
We will collate and monitor outcomes for % of boys/girls/racial groups/ languages spoken, free school meals, Special Educational Needs, disabled profiles, pupil attendance, admissions, meals uptake, exclusions, progress and attainment.
 
Results of information gathered
The most recent information collected by the school will be available on the website and updated annually.
The information collected will enable us to assess impact of policies and procedures and identify priorities and set objectives in the action plan.
 
Annual Review
The Equality Action Plan will be reviewed by the Governors every Spring Term after the involvement of and consultation with staff, pupils and parents through:
  • Questionnaires
  • School council
  • Governor committees
  • Staff surveys
  • Links with community groups and associations
  • Links with representatives of other groups with protected characteristics

 

  1. Accessibility Plan
  2. Equality Action Plan 2016-2018