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Behaviour and Safety
EQUALITY DUTY COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We want everyone to reach their potential and we recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful. We are required to publish equality information as well as equality objectives, which show how we plan to reduce or remove particular inequalities or disadvantages. This information is reviewed and updated annually.
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, staff, parents and carers 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 requires all public organisations, including schools, to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty and two specific duties:
1. The Public Sector Equality Duty or ‘general duty’. This requires all public organisations, including schools, to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups.
2. Two ‘specific duties’. This requires all public organisations, including schools, to:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty
- Publish Equality objectives at least every 4 years which are specific and measurable.
Our aim to create a prejudice-free environment
St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School believes that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school.
At St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School, our pupils are taught to be:
The school’s employees will not:
The school’s employees will:
Dealing with prejudice
St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School does not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported, through a thorough reporting procedure, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.
Equality in our curriculum
We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Challenging and controversial concepts will be delivered in a way that prevents discrimination and instead promotes inclusive attitudes. We will also respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes which pose conflicts to their own beliefs.
The equality duty supports good education and improves pupil outcomes. It helps us as a school to identify priorities such as underperformance, poor progression and bullying. It does this by requiring us to collate evidence, take a look at the issues and consider taking action to improve the experience of different groups of pupils. It then helps us to focus on what can be done to tackle these issues and to improve outcomes by developing measurable equality objectives.
At St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School we have rigorous systems for monitoring educational standards and challenging any underperformance; our responsibility in this equality duty is scheduled as part of this rigorous process.
Promoting equality of opportunity
Under the Equality Act 2010, we are also required to have due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. This includes steps we are taking to tackle disadvantages and meet the needs of particular individuals and groups of pupils.
An inclusive approach
We are committed to working for the equality of people with and without special educational needs and disabilities:
Equality and dignity in the workplace
This information describes how the Governing Board of St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School intends to fulfill its responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to its workforce. We will have due regard to the need to:
St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School does not discriminate against staff with regards to their:
Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality. We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.
We will collect and use equality information to help us to:
We will collect and use enough workforce information to effectively meet the general equality duty. Where relevant and proportionate we will publish on our website some information about the impact of our employment functions on people with the different protected characteristics in order to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty.
Prejudice is not tolerated at St. Mary’s Bluecoat CE Primary School and we are continuously workingtowards a more accepting and respectful environment for our school's community.
School and Nursery Admission Policies
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children who come from Services families. In 2012-13 this will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Ever 3 Service Children: The Pupil Premium for 2013-14 includes pupils who were eligible for the Service child premium in either 2011-12 or 2012-13, but are not recorded as a Service child on the January 2013 School Census.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
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The school has been in receipt of additional government funding specified as 'Sport Premium' since its introduction in September 2013. For the next two academic years each school in England will receive £8000 plus £5 per child on roll. Schools are free to spend the Sport Premium as they see fit since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for all the pupils within their responsibility. This extra funding must be spent on Physical Education and school sport. As a school we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding and from April 2014 we are required to publish online information regarding how we have used the Sport’s Premium and the impact it has made. To meet this requirement the following information has been produced which sets out the amount of Sport Premium we will receive and how we intend to use it. We aim to utilise this extra funding to improve all aspects of Physical Activity. These include: maximising pupil progress, increasing participation in sport, professional development of staff and to help all our pupils to develop healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes towards Physical Education.