Single Equalities Policy

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School

Single Equality Policy

Date to be approved: 29/03/17

Next Review: January 2020

Signed: M. Jackson (Chair of Governors, Mrs. M. Jackson)     Date: 29/03/17

Signed: S. Watson (Associate Headteacher, Miss. S. Watson)                    Date: 29/03/17

 

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

“This school welcomes all, whatever your background,

so that you can achieve your God-given potential”

 

  1. Statement of Principles

The policy outlines the commitment of the staff, pupils and governors of Archbishop Hutton’s V.C.  Primary School to ensure that equality of the opportunity is available to all members of the school community.  For our school this means not simply treating everybody the same but understanding and tackling the different barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for different groups of pupils in school, whilst celebrating and valuing the achievements and strengths of all members of the school community.

These Include:

We at Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School believe that, in order to achieve this, every effort possible must be made to ensure that all individuals within the school are valued and have the opportunity to develop to their full potential within a context of mutual respect, justice and fairness.

We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth.

At Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School, equality is a key principle for treating all people fairly and creating a society in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential – irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or any other recognised area of discrimination.

Our school aims:

We aim to develop:

  1. School in Context

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School is a smaller than average primary school.  Free school meals entitlement is 5.2%.  There are less than average number of children with Special Educational Needs.  There is a reasonable gender balance for the school as a whole

Pupils on role by gender – 

Boys – 63               Girls – 51

Pupils of role by ethnic group – 

White British – 112

White and Asian – 2

Pupils on role by their first language – 

English – 114

Other- 15

Pupils with Special Educational Needs –

School Support /Early Years Support – 12

School Support Plus / Early Years Support Plus – 0

Statement/EHCP plan – 0

Total number with SEN – 12

  1. Ethos and Atmosphere

At Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School, the leadership of the school will demonstrate mutual respect between all members of the school community.

We value diversity, and encourage all members of the school community to do the same.

  1. Policy Development

This Policy has been drafted prior to consultation with governors, staff and pupils/learners

  1. Monitoring and Review

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School is an inclusive school, working towards greater equality in the whole school community. We use the curriculum and teaching to enhance the self-esteem of all those it serves and to provide a learning environment in which each individual is encouraged to fulfil her or his potential.

We collect and analyse a range of equality information for our pupils/students:

 

Quantitative Indicators:

SATs results

Numbers of roll

Attendance

Punctuality

Unauthorised absence

Class size

Stability and staffing

Commitment/Involvement of support staff

Regular visits for Educational Psychologist

School uniform – number of requests for help with uniform

Number of free school meals

 

Qualitative Indicators

Playground interaction

Learning interaction (peers/adult)

Friendly and caring attitude

All members of the school community valued

Displays of work

Cleanliness of school site

A welcome feel

Accessibility of school staff

Effectiveness of communication system

Teaching styles – formal/progressive/flexible, seating arrangements in classroom

Differentiated work on offer for pupils

Open ended work

Ownership of Equal Opportunities Policy

Pastoral care of pupils

Do all children feel secure?

Perceptions of links with the local community

We make regular assessments of pupils’ learning and use this information to track pupils’ progress, as they move through the school. As part of this process, we regularly monitor the performance of different groups, to ensure that all groups of pupils are making the best possible progress. We use this information to adjust future teaching and learning plans, as necessary.

Resources are available to support groups of pupils where the information suggests that progress is not as good as it should be. The governing body receives regular updates on pupil performance information.

School performance information is compared to national data and local authority data, to ensure that pupils are making appropriate progress when compared to all schools, and to schools in similar circumstances.

As well as monitoring pupil performance information, we also regularly monitor a range of other information. This relates to:

Our monitoring activities enable us to identify any differences in pupil performance and provide specific support as required, including pastoral support. This allows us to take appropriate action to meet the needs of specific groups in order to make necessary improvements.

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School is also committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation. We aim to recruit an appropriately qualified workforce and establish a governing body that is representative of all sections of the community in order to respect and respond to the diverse needs of our population.

We collect and analyse a range of profile information for our staff and governors.

Due regard is given to the promotion of equality in the School Improvement Plan.

The person responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the policy and action plan is Miss Sarah Watson (Associate Headteacher).

Their role is to:

 

  1. Developing Best Practice

Teaching and Learning:

We aim to provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed, and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. To do this, teaching and learning will:

 

 

Learning Environment

There is a consistently high expectation of all pupils regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or any other recognised area of discrimination. All pupils are encouraged to improve on their own achievements and not to measure themselves against others. Parents are also encouraged to view their own children’s achievements in this light.

 

Curriculum

At Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School we aim to make sure that:

Resources and Materials:

Continual monitoring of resources within the school will take place to consider the messages the resources give (especially pictorial resources) and gender and the cultural aspects will be monitored for suitability and flexibility. These resources will be assessable to all members of the school community.

When ordering new resources, staff should evaluate them in terms of how they show equality.

 

 

Language:

We recognise that it is important at Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School that all members of the school community use appropriate language which:

 

Extended Learning Opportunities:

It is the policy of this school to provide equal access to all activities from an early age.

We undertake responsibility for making contributions to extended learning opportunities and are aware of the school’s commitment to equality of opportunity (e.g. sports helpers, coach drivers) by providing them with written guidelines drawn from this policy.

We try to ensure that all such non-staff members who have contact with children adhere to these guidelines.

Provision for Bi-lingual Pupils:

We undertake at Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School to make appropriate provision for all EAL/bi-lingual children/groups to ensure access to the whole curriculum.

These groups may include:

Personal Development and Pastoral Guidance

Staff take account of gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or any other recognised area of discrimination and the experience and needs of particular groups such as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, refugee and asylum seeker pupils

Staffing and Staff Development

Participation of all school personnel is necessary for a successful policy.  Staff meetings to discuss equality issues will take place as a means of monitoring/ evaluating the policy.

All staff have responsibility for Equal Opportunities but as co-ordinator the Headteacher will attend courses and report back to staff.

Advisory staff will be called upon for specific advice to lead staff meetings when appropriate.  All staff will address equal opportunity issues for their own curriculum area of responsibility and report back.

Staff Recruitment

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all and ensuring that all stages of recruitment and selection are fair. Recruitment and selection procedures will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that applicants are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, nationality, gender, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation. The school acknowledges that unfair discrimination can arise on occasion and therefore will ensure that the Equality Policy is the foundation for all its activities.

 

Partnerships with Parents/Carers/Families and the Wider Community

We will work with parents/carers to help all pupils to achieve their potential.

 

 

 

  1. Roles and Responsibilities

We will take steps to ensure all visitors to the school adhere to our commitment to equality

 

  1. Commissioning and Procurement

 

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School will ensure that we buy services from organisations that comply with equality legislation. This will be a significant factor in any tendering process.

 

  1. The Measurement of the Impact of the Policy

This policy will be evaluated and monitored for its impact on pupils, staff, parents and carers from the different groups that make up our school. An action plan will be published to enable an impact assessment to be undertaken at the appropriate time within a given timescale.

  1. Publicising the Policy and Plan

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School Equality Policy is published on the school website.

  1. Annual Review of Progress

This Policy will be reviewed and reported on annually. The report will focus on our performance and progress in relation to ethnicity, disability and gender.

This Policy has a life span of three years and therefore we must be review and revise our scheme as part of a three-year cycle.

  1. Equality Impact Assessments

Undertaking equality impact assessments (EIAs) is similar to undertaking health and safety risk assessments. It involves predicting and assessing what the implications of a policy, function or strategy will be on a wide range of people.

EIAs were introduced with the Race Equality Duty and are now also required for both disability and gender. It is also best practice to consider age, religion and belief, and sexual orientation as part of this process.

EIAs are a way in which we can analyse all of our work (this could be a policy, procedure, project, strategy or service) to ensure it meets the needs of all our service users and that no group (in relation to ethnicity, disability, gender, age, religion and belief, and sexual orientation) is disadvantaged or cannot access our services.