Equality

PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY

 

We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. This is especially important to us, as a church school, where we seek to pursue Christian values. We want everyone to reach their potential, and we recognise that for some pupils extra support and challenge is needed to help them to achieve and be successful. Equity and equality are two strategies we use in an effort to produce fairness. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same.

 

We are required to publish equality information as well as equality objectives, which show how we plan to reduce or remove particular inequalities or disadvantages. This information is reviewed and updated annually.

 

The equality duty supports good education and improves pupil outcomes. It helps us as a school to identify priorities such as under performance, or above-average performance, and ensuring equality of opportunity for children from all backgrounds. We do this by collating evidence, taking a look at the issues and considering the action to be taken to improve the experience of different groups of pupils. It then helps us to focus on what can be done to tackle these issues and to improve outcomes by developing measurable equality (and equity) objectives.

 

Our school is committed to equality and equity both as an employer and a service-provider and we carry out our day-to-day work through our embedded values of love, courage and respect:

  1. We try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
  2. We want to make sure that our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
  3. We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
  4. We recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
  5. We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example through talking to pupils and parents/carers, and through our school staff and pupil leaders.
  6. We aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; their ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; or their sexual identity and orientation.

 

We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations, and our specific duties to publish information every year about our school population; to explain how we have due regard for equality; and to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities, and reduce or remove them.

We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.

We welcome the emphasis in the Ofsted inspection framework on the importance of narrowing gaps in achievement which affect, amongst others:

  1. Pupils from certain cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  2. Pupils who belong to low-income households and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
  3. Pupils who are disabled, or who are in the process of being diagnosed as disabled
  4. Pupils who have special educational needs
  5. Vulnerable pupils, where home circumstances are known or believed to be unsettled in some way, causing some level of concern.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

At Brighstone CE Primary School we have rigorous systems for monitoring standards and tracking progress; our responsibility in this equality duty is scheduled as part of this rigorous process.

There are pupils at our school with different types of disabilities and medical needs and these include but are not limited to:

  1. Asthma & eczema
  2. Physical disability
  3. Autism
  4. Diabetes

Disability

The Equality Act defines disability as when a person has a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’

  1. We are aware of the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 that it is unlawful to discriminate, treat some people less fairly or put them at a disadvantage
  2. Where applicable our policies make explicit that we aim to give careful consideration to equality issues and as policies are reviewed in line with the monitoring cycle they will be edited to reflect this requirement
  3. We try to keep an accurate record, when possible and appropriate, of the protected characteristics of our pupils and employees at whole school and year group levels
  4. We analyse our data to ensure we act upon any concerns in relation to the protected groups which is fed back to Governors
  5. We record any racist or homophobic incidents and act upon any concerns and report this to the LA and the Governing body on a termly basis
  6. We give due regard for equality issues in decisions and changes we make
  7. We deal promptly and effectively with all incidents and complaints of bullying and harassment that may include cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to disability or special educational need, ethnicity and race, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, religion and belief and sexual orientation. We keep a record of all such incidents and notify those affected of what action we have taken and importantly monitor the impact our provision has had.
  8. Training is provided to staff in relation to dealing with bullying and harassment incidents.
  9. We have a special educational needs policy that outlines the provision the school makes for pupils with special educational needs.

 

Under the Equality Act 2010, we are also required to have due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. This includes steps we are taking to tackle disadvantages and meet the needs of particular individuals and groups of pupils.

Disability:

We are committed to working for the equality of people with & without disabilities:

  • We provide good quality training for our staff on inclusion.
  • When required we gain external advice and support for many different professionals.
  • We promote positive links with our parents.
  • We provide specific targeted support where appropriate.
  • Annual reviews take place for those children with EHCPs.
  • We liaise and work in partnership with a number of professional organisations.
  • A wide range of resources are used and stored in an easily accessible locations.
  • Our school admissions criteria welcomes all pupils.
  • We work with local nurseries and pre-schools ensuring transfer into Reception is effective and as smooth as possible.
  • We hold regular meetings with parents.
  • All pupils have the opportunities to learn about the experiences of disabled people and the discriminatory attitudes they often experience.
  • We ensure that the curriculum and resources we use have positive images of disabled people.
  • Children experience a positive start. Parents are kept well informed.
  • We build effective, positive relationships with parents to support their child.
  • We provide effective inclusion of children with disabilities.
  • Pupil voice shows that our children with additional needs are happy in school.

Public Sector Equality Duty Statement

This information describes how Brighstone CE Primary School intends to fulfil its responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to its workforce.

We will collect and use equality information to help us to:

  • Identify key issues – understand the impact of our policies, practices and decisions on people with different protected characteristics, and thereby plan them more effectively.
  • Assess whether we are discriminating unlawfully when carrying out any of our functions.
  • Identify what the key equality issues are for our organisation.
  • Assess performance.
  • Benchmark our performance and processes against those of similar organisations, nationally or locally.
  • Take action.
  • Consider taking steps to meet the needs of staff who share relevant protected characteristics.
  • Identify if there are any actions we can take to avoid discrimination and harassment, advance equality of opportunity or foster good relations.
  • Make informed decisions about policies and practices which are based on evidence about the impact of our activities on equality.
  • Develop equality objectives to meet the specific duties.
  • Have due regard to the aims of the general equality duty by ensuring that staff have appropriate information for decision-making.

Publication of Equality Information

We will collect and use enough workforce information to effectively meet the general equality duty. Where relevant and proportionate we will publish on our website some information about the impact of our employment functions on people with the different protected characteristics in order to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty.