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Equality Objectives

The following polices can be found on the Three Saints Academy trust website http://www.three-saints.org.uk/index.php/policies/

  • Equality Diversity Policy
  • Equality Scheme 

Our Equality Objectives are:

  • To extend pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values and protected characteristics through direct teaching across the curriculum.
  • All pupil groups to perform in line with each other, with no demographic group under-performing.

How have the objectives been chosen?

These objectives have been chosen as a result of the analysis of audit trails (including learning walks, books scrutinies and talking with pupils), as well as the analysis of external data reports including ASP and IDSR and in consultation with other stakeholders.

What is going to be done to achieve each objective?

We will:

Objectives

Actions

Success Criteria

To extend pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values and protected characteristics through direct teaching across the curriculum.

  • Year group long term plans to identify where fundamental British values and equality and diversity is taught
  • Opportunities for teaching of FBVs and protected characteristics during Collective Worship & Focus Days/ Weeks e.g. MLK Day,  Aspirations Week
  • Subject Leader Planning Workshops to identify opportunities to promote the FBVs and protected characteristics.
  • Current teaching of FBV and protected characteristics to be regularly audited and promoted e.g. book looks, pupil interviews.
  • Ensure all FBVs and protected characteristics are evidenced in resources and displays, and no group is deliberately or accidently marginalised
  • Teaching of FBVs and protected characteristics to be evaluated during observations of lessons.
  • Children will demonstrate a strong knowledge and understanding of the fundamental British values, and protected characteristics which will be evidenced in the following ways:

- Pupil Interviews and questionnaires

- PDWB Whole School Floor Book

  • FBVs and protected characteristics will be evidenced in displays around school and within the resources carefully selected/ produced and used by staff

All pupil groups to perform in line with each other, with no demographic group under-performing.

  • Data to be analysed by demographic groups.
  • Progress and attainment data from demographic groups to be discussed with all stakeholders.
  • Where a demographic group is not performing in line with others, targets to be set on class action plans.
  • All demographic groups will perform in line with each other, with no group under-performing significantly.

What is the diversity of our school population?

Our school population in 2019 was as follows (taken from IDSR):

The largest ethnic groups are White-British (95.22%), Mixed – any other mixed background (1.67%), Chinese (0.95%), Asian or Asian British – any other Asian background (0.24%), Black or Black British – African (0.72%), Italian (0.24%), Indian (0.24%), Greek Cypriot (0.24%), any other White background (0.24%) and any other Ethnic Group. The school has 10 ethnic groups.

How are we performing in relation to the three aims of the equality duty?

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

Our Christian ethos, school aims and curriculum provision, as well as our approach to pastoral support and behaviour management ensures unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation is eliminated.

Advance equality of opportunity

We effectively advance equality of opportunity through our curriculum and wider curriculum provision, as a result of being a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, and through our day to day practices e.g. we encourage participation in sport for those with disability, teaching girls and boys they can have the same aspirations.

Foster good relations

We confidently foster good relations by having three Pupil/Parent Interviews a year, through the Parent Forum, offering Family Learning Opportunities (including Meet the Teacher sessions), inviting family members into school to participate in the life of the school, signposting our families to other agencies. We also have an open door policy.

The Equality Act brought in changes in to what schools should and must do

The Act covers all aspects of school life to do with how a school treats pupils and prospective pupils, parents and carers, employees, and members of the community. Everything a school does must be fair, non-discriminatory and not put individuals or groups of people at a disadvantage. In particular, a school must not discriminate, harass or victimise a pupil or potential pupil in relation to:

  • Admissions
  • The way it provides education for pupils
  • How it provides pupils access to any benefit, facility or service
  • Excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment

What actions and behaviours are unlawful under the Act?

The Act defines a number of types of unlawful behaviour, including:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Failing to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils or staff
  • Discrimination arising from disability
  • Harassment related to a protected characteristic
  • Victimisation of someone because they have made, or helped with, a complaint about discrimination

What are “protected characteristics”?

Protected characteristics refer to aspects of a person’s identify. Treating a person less favourably because they have one or more of these characteristics would be unlawful.

The protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Equality and Accessibility Action Plan is located on our school website.

The Equality Scheme is located under the policies section of the Three Saints Academy Trust website.