- Privacy Notice
Equality Information, Obectives and Policy
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.
Highfield 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.
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)
- Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEND)
- Disadvantaged group
- Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Young carers
- 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:
- Adhering to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for schools Guidance
- Adopting a School Behaviour 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 Highfield 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:-
Objectives 2021 2022
- Evaluate the diversity of the school curriculum through subject leadership monitoring and year group planning
- Increase gender, ethnic, cultural, faith, disabled role models studies and as visitors (promoting non-stereotypical roles) to support the school curriculum.
- As several school governors come to the end of their term of office, ensure governor representation remains diverse.
- Commit to the Respect, Equality and Diversity (RED) Award and share the aims with school stakeholders
Special Educational Needs
Food Policy including packed lunch guidelines
Teaching and Learning Policy
Individual policies for all subject areas are available from the school office upon request
PSHE Policy including Relationships Education
Home School Agreement
Last review September 28th 2021 by full governing body