·We welcome the emphasis in the Ofsted Framework on the importance of narrowing gaps in achievement, which affect:
o Pupils from certain cultural and ethical backgrounds;
o Pupils who belong to low income households;
o Pupils who have special educational needs;
o Boys in some subjects and girls in certain other subjects.
We recognise that people have different needs and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
We recognise that for some pupils need extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example, through talking with pupils, parents/carers and to our school council.
We welcome our specific duties under the Equality Act 2010 to publish information every year about our school population; to explain how we have due regard for equality; to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities and reduce or remove them.
We welcome our duty under the Education and Inspection Act 2006 to promote community cohesion and our duty under the Equality Act 2010 to foster good relations between people of different backgrounds.
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards, as expressed in the UN Convention on the rights of the child, UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Ensure the most vulnerable pupils receive high quality teaching that includes differentiated support and required interventions.
Continue to review SEND provision termly to ensure effectiveness of support.
Formally review provision for children with emotional need termly to ensure effectiveness of support.
Engage in visits to communities with a more diverse demographic and provide more learning experiences that celebrate diversity and inclusion
Equality in Teaching and learning
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Equality in Admissions and Exclusions
Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.
Equal Opportunities for Staff
All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law.