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Single Equality Scheme 2017 - 2020 Equality Statement
The Equality Act 2010 provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law. This act replaces all other existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act and the Disability Act. As a school, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and we are proud of our diversity, plus inclusive environment. Fleetdown Primary Academy strongly opposes all forms of prejudice that could act as a barrier to achieving our legal duties and to being a cohesive, plus inclusive community. The general duties are to:
· Eliminate discrimination
· Advance equality of opportunity
· Foster good relations.
All staff and governors at Fleetdown Primary Academy are expected to:
- Follow and uphold our Core Values and Community Code.
- Treat all learners and staff with equal value.
- Promote equality and inclusion in their classrooms, amongst colleagues and with visitors to Fleetdown Primary Academy.
- Deal with any prejudice related incidents that may occur.
- Plan and deliver a full inclusive curriculum that enables everyone to achieve their full potential.
- Recognise, respect and celebrate differences.
- Foster positive attitudes and relationships.
We understand the principle of the Act, plus the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity. A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups listed below:
- Age (for employees not for service provision)
- Special Educational Needs
- Race & xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries)
- Sexism and homophobia
- Gender reassignment
- Maternity and pregnancy
- Religion and belief
- Travellers, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and civil partnership (for employees)
In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to carry out some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties. These are to:
- Publish equality information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions (we will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child/staff member)
- Prepare and publish equality objectives
To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine how well we are doing to meet our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school. This will include the following functions:
- Prejudice related incidents.
Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above; however where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group, we will include work in this area.
Addressing Prejudice Related Incidents
This Academy is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system. We provide both our pupils and staff with an awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to prevent any incidents. If incidents still occur we address them immediately and report them to the Local Authority using their guidance material. The Local Authority may provide some support.
We believe that promoting Equality is the whole school’s responsibility.
Involving and engaging the whole school community in identifying and understanding equality barriers and in the setting of objectives to address these. Monitoring progress towards achieving equality objectives. Publishing data and publishing equality objectives.
As above including: Promoting key messages to staff, parents and pupils about equality and what is expected of them and can be expected from the school in carrying out its day to day duties. Ensuring that all of the school community receives adequate training to meet the need of delivering equality, including pupil awareness. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.
Senior Leadership Team
To support the Head of School as above. Ensure fair treatment and access to services and opportunities. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.
Help in delivering the right outcomes for pupils. Uphold the commitment made to pupils and parents/carers on how they can be expected to be treated. Design and deliver an inclusive curriculum. Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.
Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the Governing Body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these. Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment given to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.
Supporting the school to achieve the commitment made to talking inequality. Uphold the commitment made by the Head of School on how pupils and parents/carers, staff and the wider school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.
Local Community Members
Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the Governing Body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these. Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment made to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.
We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Single Equality Scheme. Equality information and equality objectives will be published on school’s website.
Breaches to this statement will be dealt with in the same ways that breaches of other school policies are dealt with, as determined by the Head of School and the Governing Body.
Monitor and Review
We will formally review our Single Equality Scheme every three years. We will also review our progress and performance in achieving our priorities on an annual basis. We will update our equality data annually in the light of our review of activities and information gathered throughout the year.
Our 2019-20 Equality Objectives:
Equality Objective 1: Following METRO training, have Staff Diversity Ambassadors.
Equality Objective 2: To explore and better understand the issues/barriers to learning of Pupil Premium pupils to ensure higher levels of expected/exceeding attainment.
Equality Objective 3: To improve the attendance of PP/EHCP/SEN pupils so that the gap between them and non PP decreases over the next 3 years.
Date to be reviewed by the Governing Body (September 2020)