Schools are required to publish information which is updated annually showing how they comply with the Equality Duty and to set at least one equality objective every four years. The duty requires schools to show due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
All members of our school community are responsible for promoting the school’s Equality Policy and are obliged to respect and act in accordance with the policy.
As a Federation with Ridgeway Infant School, our approach to equality is based on the following 7 key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value. Whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status, whatever their gender and gender identity, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background and whatever their sexual orientation.
2. We recognise, respect and value difference and understand that diversity is a strength. We take account of differences and strive to remove barriers and disadvantages which people may face, in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships. We actively promote positive attitudes and mutual respect between groups and communities different from each other.
4. We foster a shared sense of cohesion and belonging. We want all members of our school community to feel a sense of belonging within the school and wider community and to feel that they are respected and able to participate fully in school life.
5. We observe good equalities practice in our staff. We ensure that policies and procedures benefit all employees and potential employees in all aspects of their work, including in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children. We expect that all pupils can make good progress and achieve to their highest potential
7. We work to raise standards for all pupils, but especially for the most vulnerable. We believe that improving the quality of education for the most vulnerable groups of pupils raises standards across the whole school.
Gayton Junior School’s Equality Objectives 2023-2026
To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school.
How will we do this?
- Monitor take up of extra-curricular activities
- Promotion, including targeted promotion, of specific clubs
- Funding for clubs
- School Council to survey children on new clubs
To close the gap between disadvantaged pupils who achieve at the expected standard of better in Reading, Writing and Maths combined and their peers at the end of Key Stage 2.
How will we do this?
- Targeted intervention, regularly reviewed for impact, for Year 6 disadvantaged pupils.
- After-school provision targeted at disadvantaged pupils to ensure they have the opportunity to access Mathletics and Reading Eggs if they are not always able to from home.
- Identification of pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 who require early intervention to support their progress during their time at the school.
- Progress and attainment of these pupils to be discussed at termly Pupil Progress Meetings with head and deputy headteacher.
To ensure the consistent recording, reporting and action by staff following incidents of discriminatory language and behaviour, including bullying.
How will we do this?
- Staff CPD
- Monitoring by Senior Leaders
- Regular agenda item for Senior Leadership Meetings and Safeguarding Meetings (if needed)
- Assemblies to address any issues led by SLT
- External training, as required
Click here to view the Blagreaves Federation’s Equality Policy (Summer 2023)
Click here to read the 2023 review of our previous objectives (2020-2023)
Click here to read the 2020 review of our previous objectives (2016-19)