Equality Objectives Statement
Public bodies such as schools have a duty, under the 2010 Equality Act, to ensure they promote equality within their organisation and this statement sets out how we endeavour to achieve this at Ethelbert Road Primary School. Of course, we consider this to be not just a legal duty but a moral one as well. A belief in the right of every single person to be treated with equal dignity and compassion alongside equal legal protection is fundamental to the ethos which underpins everything we do in school.
The Equality Act makes explicit our responsibility to have due regard to the need to:
• Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
• Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
• Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
In this respect, a protected characteristic could be any one of a multitude of factors that are shared by particular groups of people, but will include characteristics such as race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. Central to a commitment to fulfil this responsibility is a recognition that all groups with protected characteristics fall within the compass of the human race as a whole, and who by definition therefore have equal status and equal rights.
We also seek to recognise that the way in which we treat people is linked to the way we treat the environment in which we live, and the other species who share the planet with us. We do not see compassion and consideration as finite resources, and the equal treatment of people can and should serve as an exemplar of our commitment to, and responsibility for, the wider world. As a school, we are in the privileged position of supporting equality in our current practices, whilst also helping children to develop and embed the principles of equality and responsibility that will best promote this in the longer term.
Ethelbert Road Primary School is dedicated to ensuring every child achieves their potential within an inclusive environment. We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.The Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need 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.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value
2. We recognise and respect difference
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. 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)
•Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
•Looked after children
•Other vulnerable groups
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at Ethelbert Road Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act. We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.
We eliminate discrimination by:
•Adoption of the single Equality Scheme
•Our behaviour policy ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying
•Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
•Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
•Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
•Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
•Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
•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 Ethelbert Road Primary School is seen as a community school within our local community
•Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.
At Ethelbert Road 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 socio-economic background. These objects were set in September 2020 and will be reviewed in September 2024, or before if needed. Schools must publish their school’s equality objectives and update them at least once every 4 years.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
Objective 1: 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.
Objective 2: To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners.
Objective 3: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equality and fairness in access and engagement.