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Equality Policy

Legal Duties

As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010.  The general duties are to:

 

  • eliminate discrimination,
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

 

We understand the principal of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity. 

 

A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups listed below:

 

  • age (for employees not for service provision),
  • disability
  • race
  • sex (including issues of transgender)
  • gender reassignment
  • maternity and pregnancy
  • religion and belief,
  • sexual orientation
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership (for employees)

 

In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to carry out some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties.  These are to:

 

  • Publish Equality Information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions (We will not publish any information that can specifically identify any individual)

 

  • Prepare and publish equality objectives which we will review on an annual basis

 

  • Consult all our stakeholders in the development of our equality objectives and report on progress against our objectives on an annual basis

 

In order to do this effectively we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives.  The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school, but we will also analyse available data relating to the context of our local community, including hate crime data and demographic information. In relation to school provision we will pay particular attention to the following functions:

  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Attainment
  • Exclusions
  • Prejudice related incidents

 

Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above however where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group we will include work in this area.

 

We also recognise that our work on equality is central to the successful promotion of fundamental British values, especially in relation to the values of respect and tolerance and the rule of law. We will therefore ensure that our curriculum helps to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and that we work proactively to address all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including derogatory and discriminatory language.

 

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

In fulfilling our legal obligations we will:

 

  • Recognise and respect diversity
  • Foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging
  • Observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development
  • Aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers
  • Consult and involve widely
  • Strive to ensure that society will benefit

 

 

 Ethos and Values

At Awsworth Primary and Nursery School we aim to encourage all children to develop to the best of their abilities, to feel positive about themselves and to be caring towards others.

We believe that a successful school is based upon the shared ownership of values and goals expressed through a unity of purpose and responsibility. The improvement of pupils’ educational progress is a fundamental aim of our school. A well-planned, well-implemented, broadly-based curriculum, supported by appropriate and structured systems of evaluation will ensure the delivery of this aim. This is linked with high expectations, a commitment to excellence and a desire to continually improve all that we undertake.

Our school has a caring, committed ethos in which everyone works together, and in which the rights of the child are fully respected. We aim to develop high levels of care and respect, taking seriously our obligation to all members of the school community. We are committed to equal opportunities in every area of school life and will continue to build on our good practice in Disability Equality.

We have a sound platform on which we can build. We are sure we can continue to deliver high quality education for all our children providing them with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.

Aims

1. To have high expectations and a collective commitment to Excellence & Enjoyment and the Every Child Matters agendas, allowing each child to achieve their highest possible standards of work and behaviour.

2. To provide an atmosphere of trust and respect where everyone feels valued, irrespective of colour, culture, origin, gender, ability, circumstances or disability.

3. To provide a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment in which pupils are given an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential.

4. To provide access to a high quality, broadly based curriculum that is responsive to individual needs and meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, the Primary Frameworks for Literacy and Mathematics and the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

5. To recognise and celebrate individual and collective achievement, intellectually and physically.

6. To encourage the pupils to develop an enquiring mind and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

7. To develop pupils’ spiritual awareness and moral values both culturally and socially.

8. To continue to develop and foster a supportive partnership with parents and the wider school community: locally, nationally and globally.

9. To encourage in all our pupils a positive attitude and respect for other people’s opinions, beliefs and cultures within our multi-racial and multi-cultural society.

10. To encourage ownership and respect for our school environment.

 

 

 

 

Addressing Prejudice Related Incidents

 

This school is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system.  We provide both our pupils and staff with an awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to prevent any incidents.  If incidents still occur we address them immediately and report them to the Local Authority using their guidance material.  The Local Authority may provide some support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibility

We believe that promoting Equality is the whole school’s responsibility:

School Community

Responsibility

Governing Body

Involving and engaging the whole school community in identifying and understanding equality barriers and in the setting of objectives to address these.   Monitoring progress towards achieving equality objectives.   Publishing data and publishing equality objectives. Ensuring that staff have access to appropriate training and resources.

Head Teacher /Principal

As above including:

Promoting key messages to staff, parents and pupils about equality and what is expected of them and can be expected from the school in carrying out its day to day duties.  Ensuring that all school community receives adequate training to meet the need of delivering equality, including pupil awareness. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record report, and respond appropriately to prejudice related incidents.

Senior Management Team

To support the Head / Principal as above

Ensure fair treatment and access to services and opportunities. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record, report and respond appropriately to prejudice related incidents.

Teaching Staff

Help in delivering the right outcomes for pupils.

Uphold the commitment made to pupils and parents/carers on how they can be expected to be treated.

Design and deliver an inclusive curriculum.

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record, report and respond appropriately to prejudice related incidents.

Non -Teaching Staff

Support the school and the governing body in delivering a fair and equitable service to all stakeholders.

Uphold the commitment made by the head teacher/principal on how pupils and parents/carers can be expected to be treated.

Support colleagues within the school community.

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record, report and respond appropriately to prejudice related incidents.

Parents/Carers

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these.

Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment given to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

Pupils

Supporting the school to achieve the commitment made to tackling inequality.

Uphold the commitment made by the head teacher on how pupils and parents/carers, staff and the wider school community can be expected to be treated.

Local Community Members

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these

Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment made to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

 

We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Single Equality Policy and our published equality information and equality objectives by publishing them on the website

 

Breaches

Breaches to this statement will be dealt with in the same ways that breaches of other school policies are dealt with, as determined by the head teacher and governing body.

 

Monitor and Review

Every three years, we will review our objectives in relation to any changes in our school profile.  Our objectives will sit in our overall school improvement plan and therefore will be reviewed as part of this process.

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