Public bodies, including local-authority-maintained schools, are covered by the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011.
At The Winns Primary School, we take this obligation very seriously and ensure that all our pupils can take part as fully as possible in every aspect of school life. We identify any barriers to learning that they may have and then work to overcome these so that each child can fulfil their potential.
In particular, we strive to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
This means we will:
- Take reasonable and necessary steps to meet pupils’ needs by using a variety of approaches and planning reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, enabling our pupils to take as full a part as possible in all the activities of the school. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure the school environment and its activities are as accessible and welcoming as possible for pupils, staff and visitors to the school. We are also committed to ensuring staff with a disability have equality of opportunity
- Actively encourage positive attitudes towards pupils and staff and expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect
- Ensure teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
- Regularly consider the impact of our curriculum to ensure that it promotes awareness of the rights of individuals and develops the skills of participation and responsible action. We want children to understand and value the diversity that surrounds them, and challenge prejudice and stereotyping
- Monitor the progress and achievement of pupils who fall within the appropriate protected characteristics. This information will help us set equality objectives, remain fully inclusive and ensure pupils achieve their full potential
- Work with outside agencies and other schools where appropriate to ensure that every opportunity is taken to promote and advance equality.
- Monitor bullying and prejudice related incidents and deal with them effectively. Regular training will be given to new and existing staff to ensure that they are aware of the process for reporting and following up any incidents of bullying
- Have an expectation that all staff will be role-models for equal opportunities, deal with bullying and discriminatory incidents and be able to identify and challenge prejudice and stereotyping.
In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.
Information on other groups of pupils
In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:
- Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
- Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- Disadvantaged group
- Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Young carers
- Looked after children
- Other vulnerable groups
Through rigorous tracking and monitoring of individuals and of all the groups of children, including progress and attainment, and by providing equal opportunities to access the curriculum and activities, we aim to ensure that any gap in attainment for pupils within any of the above different groups is removed, or at least remains less than the gap nationally.
We advance equality of opportunity by:
Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan
- Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development
- Listening to parents/carers
- Listening to pupils at all times
- Fostering good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We foster good relations by:
- Ensuring that The Winns Primary School is seen as a community school within our local
- Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum.
At The Winns Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socioeconomic background.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
- To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability
and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils
- To promote understanding and raise awareness of equality and diversity through our curriculum
- To improve outcomes for children with EAL.