Equality For All
In response to the Equality Act 2010 the governing body reviewed its Equality policies to create a whole school Equality Policy.
What we are doing to advance equality of opportunity between different groups. We know the needs of our school population very well and collect and analyse data in order to inform our planning and identify targets to achieve improvements. We have procedures, working in partnership with parents and carers, to identify children who have a disability through our pupil admissions meetings. We collect data and monitor progress and outcomes of different groups of pupils and use this data to support school improvement. We take action to close any gaps, for example, for those making slow progress in acquiring age-appropriate literacy and number skills. We collect and analyse data: on the school population by gender and ethnicity; on the percentage of pupils identified as having a special educational need and/or disability and by their principal need or disability; by year group – in terms of ethnicity, gender and proficiency in English. We analyse and record standards reached by different groups at the end of each key stage:
- Black African
- White Eastern European
- Black Caribbean
- Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Pupils
- English as an additional language
- All Special Educational Needs
- Looked after Children
We also collect, analyse and use data in relation to attendance and exclusions of different groups.
We are aware that the legislation relates mainly to current but also to future pupils. We avoid language that runs the risk of placing a ceiling on any pupils’ achievement or that seeks to define their potential as learners. We use a range of teaching strategies that ensure we meet the needs of all pupils.We provide support to pupils at risk of underachieving We are alert and proactive about the potentially damaging impact of negative language in matters such as race, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.In addition to avoiding or minimising possible negative impacts of our policies, we take opportunities to maximise positive impacts by reducing and removing inequalities and barriers that may exist between, for example:
- disabled and non-disabled people
- people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds
- girls and boys
We ensure equality of access for all pupils to a broad and balanced
curriculum, removing barriers to participation where necessary.
We are also implementing an Accessibility Plan 2014-16 designed to: increase the extent to which pupils with a disability can participate in the curriculum and access the school environment and resources available to all pupils.
For a copy of the school’s Accessibility Plan please click here
We will take positive and proportionate action to address the disadvantage faced by particular groups of pupils with particular protected characteristics, such as targeted support. The actions will be designed to meet the school’s Equality Objectives:
- To increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum
- To ensure all Pupil Premium pupils make good or better progress in line with their peers
- To ensure all key groups have attendance above 95%
For a copy of the school’s Equality Policy and Equality Plan please click here