Equality and accessibility
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires schools 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.
Our approach to Equality and Diversity
Milstead and Frinsted C of E Primary School is an inclusive school committed to ensuring equality of provision throughout the school community. We focus on the well-being and progress of every child within an environment 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:
- All learners are of equal value
- Differences are recognised and respected
- Positive attitudes and relationships are fostered to create a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
- Good equality practices are maintained in staff recruitment, retention and development.
- Reduction and removal of inequalities and barriers that already exist are paramount.
- High expectations of all children are maintained.
In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics (see policy) as well as the following groups of pupils:
- Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)/Pupil Premium
- Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Looked after children
Our objectives detail how we ensure equality is applied to:
- Improving attainment and progress for all children.
- Improving attainment and progress for children who encounter disadvantage.
- Providing an environment where discrimination of any form is addressed and eliminated.
- Advancing equality of opportunity through role models, high quality curriculum, quality CPD for staff.
- Fostering good relations with parents and carers, children, governors and the community.
- Reducing behaviour that is discriminatory or oppressive in any way
Through rigorous tracking and monitoring of individuals and of all the groups of children, including progress and attainment, and by providing equal opportunities to access the curriculum and activities, we aim to ensure that any gap in attainment for pupils within any of the above different groups is removed, or at least remains less than the gap nationally.
We eliminate discrimination by:
Adopting a School Positive Behaviour Managament system and Anti-bullying policy which ensures that all children feel safe at school and that any prejudicial bullying is addressed
Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents thoroughly
Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of all pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
Ensuring teaching is of the highest quality so that children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
Tracking pupil progress to ensure all children make good progress, intervening when necessary
Ensuring all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision
Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development
Listening to parents/carers
Listening to pupils at all times
We foster good relations by:
Ensuring that Milstead and Frinsted Primary School is seen as a community school within our local area
Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:-
- To improve the achievement of children from low income and disadvantaged families
- To improve the achievement of children with SEN
- To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
- To further improve the accessibility of the school buildings for pupils with SEND.
- To promote understanding of and respect for differences
Equality Action Plan - Milstead and Frinsted School
Accessibility Plan - The Village Academy
Accessibility Plan appendix- Milstead and Frinsted School
Equality and Diversity Policy and Single Equality Scheme - The Village Academy