Equality Objectives/Action Plan: 2019 – 2022

St Cuthbert’s C.E Primary School is committed to an inclusive ethos, which values the achievements of all children and the contribution they make to school life. All staff recognise that inclusion is a process of development and not a fixed state as it involves an ongoing review of policies and practices so that we can respond to the diverse needs of all pupils in our local community.

We want all children to enjoy school, to be challenged to achieve their very best. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children are at the heart of everything we do.

Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

All aims of duty

All

To increase pupil, staff and governor awareness of legal and human rights and the responsibilities that underpin society

For pupils to understand they have rights, how they can exercise their rights and understand how rights link to responsibilities

All pupils and staff

To increase awareness of the equal rights and protected characteristics across all groups within school and how it affects each individual

Senior Leadership Team, staff and Governors

Sept 2019 – July 2020

Pupils, staff and Governors are aware of the school’s objectives and action plan (age appropriate), including their role in upholding it.

All aims of duty

All

To equality impact assess all policies procedures and practices with particular emphasis on the attainment levels of pupils and students from vulnerable groups

To enable the school to address the needs of diverse and vulnerable groups at risk of disadvantage and set priorities accordingly

Whole school

To continue to undertake Equality Impact Assessments on policies, procedures and practices as they are reviewed to ensure they reflect best practice.

SLT

September 2019 - ongoing

All policies, procedures and practices equality impact assessed and action points identified and included in equality objectives / action plan.


Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

All aims of duty

All

All staff receive annual CPD on the school’s arrangements to promote equality in the context of their job role (e.g. All staff - preventing/ managi ng incidents.) (Teachers/SHLTAs – curriculum and teaching and learning strategies)

School staff are able to identify the specific actions and behaviours needed to promote equality in the context of their job role and the impact of this assessed as part of the overall review of policies, procedures & practices in school

Whole school

Identify either in-school or external training providers who will assist with different or alternative strategies.

Identify any gaps using gap analysis tools.

SLT

Sept 2019 - on-going

Evaluations of CPD indicate an increase in staff confidence and competence.

Observations of teaching and learning include strategies to promote equality and narrow the gap outcomes

All aims of duty

All

Continue to ensure displays and other images in the school to reflect and promote diversity in terms of the equality groups

For pupils to have positive visual images throughout their education which show and promote diversity

All staff, pupils and visitors

Ensure that displays in classrooms and corridors promote diversity in terms of race, gender and ethnicity. Ensure curriculum promotes role models and heroes that young people can identify with, which reflects the school’s diversity in terms of the equality groups.

All staff

Sept 2019 – on-going

Increased diversity reflected in school displays across all year groups. Increase in pupils’ participation, confidence and achievement levels


Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

All aims of duty

All

To encourage and increase the participation of pupils from minority, marginalised or vulnerable backgrounds in school life

Increase the diversity of pupils involved in the decision-making of the school

Minority, marginalised and vulnerable pupils

Identify which groups are under-represented in the School Council and/or pupil voice processes within the school. Set up group of pupils to develop actions which better involve the target group.

Senior Leadership Team

Sept 2019 – on-going

School Council/pupil voice has representation from pupils who are within the protected characteristics

Eliminate unlawful discrimination harassment and victimisation Equality of opportunity

All

To continue to ensure that SLT and the Governors are clear about their responsibilities in the recruitment and selection of staff

Recruitment procedures ensure equality for candidates and that the recruiting panel recruit the best person to the role

Applicants and all school staff including volunteers

Continue to undertake Equality Impact Assessments on Policies/Procedures relating to recruitment and staffing and ensure alignment with LA/national guidance

Senior Leadership Team and Governors on Staffing Sub Committee

Sept 2019 – ongoing

Feedback from candidates on the process indicates fairness School staff reflect diversity

Eliminate unlawful discrimination harassment and victimisation

Race/ Religion or Belief/ Disability

To ensure the content of school meals and food within the curriculum meets the needs of all race and faith groups and those with specific health needs

Increased diversity within school meals and food within curriculum activities

All those with specific race, faith, cultural and health needs

Introduce food culture days with different menus to represent diverse groups. Ensure food within the curriculum represents diverse cultures

Senior Leadership Team School Food Support

January 2019 – Ongoing

Variety and types of food in school extends pupils’ knowledge of diversity and wide ranging cultures


Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

Eliminate unlawful discrimination harassment and victimisation Fostering and improving good relations

Sexual Orientation/ Race/Gender identity/ Disability/ Religion or belief

To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudiced based bullying To ensure difference and diversity (LGBT+) is understood and accepted and homophobia is challenged

Pupils/students continue to feel safe as they know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and fairly Increased staff awareness of how to deliver programmes of support

Whole school and specifically vulnerable and equality groups pupils/student s or those from a faith background

To review and update existing policies and procedures relating to bullying. Review policies and child friendly policy Ensure continuing professional development for staff to develop skills in identifying and challenging homophobia and transphobia. Promotion of hate incident recording to pupils/students.

SLT

January 2019– July 2020

Increased staff confidence in delivering programmes of support Hate incident recording continues to be accurate and enables action to be taken quickly Continued low reporting rates of LGBT+ bullying

Advance equality of opportunity

Gender

To ensure that girls and underactive pupils (both boys and girls) are equally involved in physical activity

Improved participation of girls (and underactive pupils) in targeted sports / physical activities

Girls

Monitor attendance of girls (and underactive pupils) at extra-curricular sports clubs Survey girls (underactive pupils) and understand barriers to participation

PE Subject Leader and teachers

Sept 2019 - on-going

Increase in number of girls (and underactive boys and girls) taking part in physical activity

Advance equality of opportunity

Disability/All

To increase confidence and skills for pupils with emotional wellbeing and social needs

Pupils able to utilise taught strategies to promote their positive mental health and wellbeing

Pupils with emotional, wellbeing and social needs

Continue to train staff to deliver small group work sessions to support targeted pupils/students in developing social and emotional skills Continue nurture groups for the most vulnerable

PHSE coordinator Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Sept 2019 - on-going

Support programmes demonstrated high impact of support for pupils.

Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

Advance equality of opportunity

Disability

To better understand the needs of disabled parents/carers within our school community

Improved access and communication with disabled parents/carers

Disabled parents/carers

To liaise with disabled parents on entry to school to provide reasonable adjustment

Head Teacher Office Manager

June 2020 - Ongoing

Range of support implemented to support parents as required

Advance equality of opportunity

Other

To improve the attainment and opportunities for pupils eligible for pupil premium

Improved attainment

Children eligible for pupil premium

Continue to review pupil premium strategy annually to eliminate potential barriers for pupil premium students. Collate and analyse data relating to attainment by target group Range of opportunities to develop talents, including participation in extracurricular activities

SLT

Sept 2019 - ongoing

Improved attainment levels of pupils eligible for pupil premium

Fostering good relations

Age

To improve understanding of diversity and to challenge stereotyping

Increased positive attitudes towards each other

All year groups

Invite in members of the business community and industry to challenge stereotyping, promote diversity of opportunity.

SLT Class teacher

September 2019 ongoing

Pupils able to challenge stereotyping through broad understanding of diversity within the community and industry

                   


Equality Duty

Protected Characteristic / Equality Group

Aim

Objective

Target Group (s): e.g. whole school, girls, boys, SEN, staff etc.

Action

Who’s responsible?

Dates from and to:

Indicator of Achievement

Fostering good relations

All

To promote good relations between people from different backgrounds

Improved understanding of Leicester and the diversity within it. Continued links with schools in other countries to share cultural opportunities Increased positive attitudes towards disabled people

All year groups

Continue school links with Leicester City and China celebrating diversity Make use of diversity resources Invite in representatives from equality charities and disability groups to meet with children

SLT/PSHE co-ordinator

September 2019 – 2022

Programme of activities shared with inner city/international schools to strengthen diversity awareness Training for staff and other adults undertaken