Equality Objectives

1. Aims

Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:

2. Legislation and guidance

This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:

This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.

3. Roles and responsibilities

The governing board will:

The equality link governor is Nick Wellington. They will:

The headteacher will:

The designated member of staff (Lucy Hancock) for equality will:

All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives as set out in section 8.

4. Eliminating discrimination

The school is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and complies with non-discrimination provisions.

Where relevant, our policies include reference to the importance of avoiding discrimination and other prohibited conduct.

Staff and governors are regularly reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, for example during meetings. Where this has been discussed during a meeting it is recorded in the meeting minutes.

New staff receive training on the Equality Act as part of their induction, and all staff receive refresher training every September.

The school has a designated member of staff for monitoring equality issues, and an equality link governor. They regularly liaise regarding any issues and make senior leaders and governors aware of these as appropriate.

5. Advancing equality of opportunity

As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:

In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:

6. Fostering good relations

The school aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:

7. Equality considerations in decision-making

The school ensures it has due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made.

The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups. For example, when a school trip or activity is being planned, the school considers whether the trip:

The school keeps a written record (known as an Equality Impact Assessment) to show we have actively considered our equality duties and asked ourselves relevant questions. This is recorded at the same time as the risk assessment when planning school trips and activities. The record is completed by the member of staff organising the activity and is stored electronically with the completed risk assessment.

8. Equality objectives

Objective 1: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and special educational need or disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.

Data is analysed by the  Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teachers. Any areas causing concern are then addressed and steps put into place with any groups or individuals requiring intervention.

Progress we are making towards this objective: No official data was recorded for 2019/20

 

Objective 2: Increase the representation of teachers from local black and minority ethnic communities over a 4-year period (from this January 2018 to July in 4 years’ time), so that this group increases to 10% of the workforce.

Why we have chosen this objective: To ensure greater representation of a range of minority ethnic groups in the school staff

To achieve this objective we plan to: Seek the support and advice of our HR team when advertising and planning for any recruitment

Progress we are making towards this objective: September 2020 = 20%

 

Objective 3: To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners. For vulnerable learners (FSM) to achieve national average levels in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Progress we are making towards this objective: Termly Data analysis includes comparisons for vulnerable learners. Progress and attainment for this group was good in 2019 at the end of Key Stage 2  and showed improved performance from 2018. The group of children eligible for pupil premium achieved at above national average in all areas in the 2019 Key Stage 2 SATs.

Internal data shows children eligible for pupil premium have differing barriers to making progress in line with those not eligible for pupil premium.

9. Monitoring arrangements

The full governing body will update the equality information we publish, at least every year.

This document will be reviewed by the full governing body annually.

This document will be approved by the full governing body.

10. Links with other policies

This document links to the following policies:

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