BLACKWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL

"Unlocking Potential, Providing Opportunities, Achieving Goals"

EQUALITY OBJECTIVES

Public Sector Equality Duty - updated September 2019

 
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:

 
Eliminate unlawful  discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010


Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Blackwell Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.

Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:

1. All learners are of equal value

2. We recognise and respect difference

3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.

4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.

5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.

6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.

 
Equality Information

Number of pupils on roll at the school: 115
Age of pupils: 3 to 11

Information on pupils by protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.

In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.

Information on other groups of pupils

In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Disadvantaged group
Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Young carers
Looked after children
Other vulnerable groups


How are we complying with our equality duties?


As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The general duties are to:
 eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
 advance equality of opportunity
 foster good relations between groups


We understand the principles of the act and 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)
 disability
 race
 sex (including issues of transgender)
 maternity and pregnancy
 religion and belief
 sexual orientation
 marriage and civil partnership (for employees)


In advancing equality of opportunity:
 we aim to remove or minimise the disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
 we aim to meet the needs of people with certain protected characteristics where these are different from the needs of other people
 we encourage people with certain protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is
disproportionately low.


In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do 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)
 prepare and publish equality objectives. 


To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school. This will include the following functions:
 admissions
 attendance
 attainment and progress
 exclusions
 prejudice related incidents
 participation


Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the functions 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.


We use evaluation and data collection to inform our decision making and assess the impact on equality of our decision making, policies and practices.


We also welcome our duty under the Education Act 2011 to demonstrate how the education we provide meets the needs of the range of learners at the school.


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.


In fulfilling our legal obligations we will:
 recognise and respect diversity
 foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging
 tackle prejudice and promote understanding between people from different groups
 observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development, and procurement
 aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers
 consult and involve widely
 strive to ensure that the communities within, around and beyond our school will benefit
 follow guidance from Derbyshire Children's and Younger Adults Service HR on equality in recruitment, selection and employment
 use the school's complaints procedure initially to deal with any complaints under the Equality Act 2010, use the Questions Procedure and, for any complaint not resolved internally, use the local authority complaints procedure. 


Addressing Prejudice Related Incidents
This school is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and
young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fare
less well in the education system. We provide both our learners and staff with an
awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to reduce the likelihood of any
incidents. If incidents occur we address them immediately and report them to the
Local Authority using the online reporting system.
Responsibility
We believe that promoting equality is the whole school's responsibility:
The roles and responsibilities within our school community
Our Headteacher will:
 ensure that staff, parents/carers and pupils/students are informed about
the Equality Policy
 oversee the effective implementation of the policy
 ensure staff have access to training which helps to implement the policy
 develop partnerships with external agencies regarding the policy so that the
school’s actions are in line with the best advice available
 monitor the policy and report to the Governing Body on the effectiveness of the
policy
 ensure that the senior leadership team (SLT) is kept up to date with any
development affecting the policy or actions arising from it.
Our governing body will:
 designate a governor with specific responsibility for the Equality Policy
 ensure that any action plans are monitored through a relevant sub-committee
 support the headteacher in implementing any actions necessary
 engage with parents and partner agencies about the policy
 evaluate and review the policy.
Our Senior Leadership Team will:
 have responsibility for supporting other staff in implementing this policy
 provide a lead in the dissemination of information relating to the policy
 with the Headteacher, provide advice/support in dealing with any incidents/issues
 assist in implementing reviews of this policy.
Our pupils/students will:
 understand how it relates to them, appropriate to age and ability
 be expected to act in accordance with the policy. 
Our parents/carers will:
 have access to the policy through a range of different media
appropriate to their requirements
 be encouraged to actively support the policy
 be encouraged to attend any relevant meetings and activities related to the policy
 be informed of any incident related to this policy which could directly
affect their child.
Our school staff will:
 be involved in the on-going development of the policy
 be fully aware of the Equality Policy and how it relates to them
 understand that this is a whole school issue and support the Equality Policy
 make known any queries or training requirements.
We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Single
Equality Policy by publishing them on the school website.
Breaches
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 Headteacher and governing body.
Monitor and Review
We will review our objectives in relation to any changes in our school profile
at least every four years. Our objectives will sit in our overall School
Improvement Plan and therefore will be reviewed as part of this process.