Equalities

Purpose of the Policy:

On the 1st October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.

 

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.

 

The Act introduced requires all schools to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty and two specific duties.

 

Public Sector Equality Duty requires us a school to:

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation 

Advance equality of opportunity between different groups

Foster good relations between different groups

 

The Two “specific duties” requires us to:

Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty

Publish Equality Objectives at least every 4 years which are specific and measurable

 

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

Equality Statement:

Our Equality Statement is based on the principles above and aims to ensure that:

 

‘All pupils and members of staff at our School are provided with opportunities to fulfil their potential whatever their sex, race, colour ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief.’ 

 

We are totally committed to ensuring that equality is a fundamental part of our drive to improve and that all members of the South Malling CE Primary and Nursery School Community should expect to Reach for the Stars.’

 

Our Equality Policy aims to demonstrate our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

 

 

School Context

Our school is situated on the northern outskirts of the County town of Lewes, East Sussex in the Lewes Bridge ward.

  • There are currently 256 children on roll. 
  • 56.3% of learners are boys and 43.7% girls.
  • 89.9% of our learners are from white British backgrounds, 7.1% from mixed backgrounds, 1% from white and black African heritage, 1% from Black African and 1% from Chinese heritage. (Increase in % from mixed backgrounds)
  • 19 (7.4%) of our learners have English as an additional language. (3% increase since 2014-15)
  • 16% of our learners are on the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) register including 10 children with statements of educational need. 1 of these children has complex medical needs and has a high level Band C Statements. 
  • We have 3 adopted children and 1 Looked After Child  
  • 10.2% of pupils claimed eligibility for free school meals (decrease since 2014-15)
  • Households in poverty (below 60% GB median) = 27% (Lewes= 24%).
  • Index of Social Deprivation= average range.

 

 

Equality  Objective

MUTUAL RESPECT - To promote the ‘British value’ of mutual respect within the school community - with a focus on race, religion, age and disability.

Why?

  •          Our school make up is changing – with an increase in children with EAL –and an increasing number of children recorded as having ‘no religion’.
  •          Our number of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) pupils with high level needs is above national average.

How?

  •          School ‘Star’ values introduced 2015-16 : emphasis on RESPECT, drawing on a variety of aspects – racism, e-safety, homophobia, religions and belief systems
  •          EAL (English as an Additional Language) link established through Inclusion Manager.  Links with Local Authority in terms of support. 
  •          Review of School Values (Star Values) to enable our pupils to learn about equality, diversity and difference and to show understanding of others.
  •          Respect for the older generation, especially older members of our community through performances and Grandparents Teas.  Children support at the local care home by singing at Christmas, inviting residents to school shows and sharing work – e.g. stories of WW2, making and selling of poppies.
  •          Ensuring parents demonstrate respect for others from different faiths or races.  This will be delivered by drawing up parental contracts for behaviour, if necessary and by promoting the slogan ‘Don’t be a bystander’ in terms of language used.
  •          Increase school signage to include other languages.

Outcome?

 Evidence collected through pupil voice, Parent Forum. Measure number of visits and visitors. Behaviour and bullying log- numbers of Hate incidents.  

 

 

Equality Objective

SELF RESPECT – To promote self respect and safety – in terms of religion, belief, disability or sex.

Why?

  •          We need to ensure that staff are continually updated on safeguarding and that children know how to keep themselves safe, particularly online.

How?

  •          To provide support to pupils who require additional provision for their social, emotional and mental health needs.  This is via quality first class teacher responsibility as well as the Inclusion Manager and SENCO (Special Educational Needs co-ordinator) linking with the Play Therapist.  School has also contracted  a member of staff to work as a mentor with pupils and families to improve opportunities for pupils to attain well, managing their emotions and circumstances more effectively – which can often impact on academic performance, if left unsupported.
  •          To provide counselling opportunities for children who are experiencing difficulties within their home/school circumstances.
  •          To have Lunch Club, Welcome Club  ‘drop in sessions’, open to children to support them at times of difficulty, e.g. bereavement, family separation.
  •          Safeguarding is incorporated within the curriculum for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), SRE (Sex and Relationships Education), and assemblies, so that children understand what abuse is and what they should do if they are experiencing it.   Promotion of Childline number and NSPCC Pants rule.

Outcome?

 Evidence collected through: case studies, pupil voice, Lunch Club attendance records

 

 

Equality Objective

  •          To increase the percentage of parents who attend the SEN Parent Forum Background

Why?

  •          As about 16 % of our children are on the SEN register, we would like the number of parents attending the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Forum to reflect this. Therefore, we aim to encourage parents to attend this so that at least 10 parents regularly attend the SEND Forum.

How?

  •          Invite specific parents of SEND children to attend the SEND Parent Forum
  •          Find parents who can act as ‘Champions’ for Forum
  •          Ensure the SEND Forums are well advertised on the website and newsletter
  •          Ensure they are useful and informative so that parents feel their time is well spent
  •          Invite outside agencies to present to parents about SEN topics
  •          Ensure the timings of the meetings work for the parents and that childcare is considered 
  •          Invite parents to speak to Local Authority officers during the local area inspection (as requested by Local Authority)

Outcome?

 Evidence collected through: numbers attending SEND Parent’s Forum, feedback from parents.