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Atlas Community Primary School Equalities Statement 2016
Atlas Community Primary School welcomes a diverse population of both students and staff. We believe that a variety of different cultures, talents and life experiences bring vibrancy to our school. Our school population is diverse and whilst the majority of children are of Pakistani heritage, there is a growing number of children from a variety of Eastern European countries. In order to consolidate and build upon this diversity, it is essential that equality of opportunity and the absence of unfair discrimination be at the core of all the school’s activities. This duty is set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity.
We have individual policies setting out how we meet our legal duties in the following areas:
- Equalities and Community Cohesion Policy
- Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
In addition, there are sections in a number of other important policies that underline the importance of avoiding discrimination and working together in an effective and considerate way:
- Behaviour and Discipline
- Code of Conduct
Copies of these policies are available from school and on the website.
All staff are responsible for:
- dealing with racist, homophobic and other hate-incidents;
- being able to recognise and tackle inappropriate bias and stereotyping;
- promoting equal opportunities and good race relations;
- avoiding discrimination against anyone for reasons of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender;
- staff will act in accordance with the equalities policies and expectations of the school and the school will enable the staff to have opportunities to familiarise themselves with them.
All visitors and contractors will be expected to comply with and follow our Equality Scheme.
Equalities Data Statement
In compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 we track vulnerable groups closely and aim to make the governing body representative of the school and local community.
Our data shows that
- there is no significant difference in the achievement of boys and girls
- there is no significant difference in the achievement of different ethnic groups
At Atlas Community Primary School, we are aware that those involved in the leadership of the school community are instrumental in demonstrating mutual respect between all members of the school community, to achieve this:
We strive to achieve a feeling of openness and tolerance which welcomes everyone to the school.
Our children are encouraged to greet visitors with friendliness and respect.
The displays around the school reflect diversity across all aspects of equality and are frequently monitored.
Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure access for pupils, staff and visitors (including parents) with disabilities (this not only includes physical access, but takes account wider access to school information).
Provision is made to cater for the cultural, moral and spiritual needs of all children through planning of assemblies, classroom based and off-site activities.
Pupils’ views are actively encouraged and respected. Pupils are given an effective voice for example, through the School Council and there are regular opportunities to engage with pupils about their learning and the life of the school.
As part of our recruitment procedure, we adopt the following approach:
All posts are advertised formally and open to the widest pool of applicants.
All those involved in recruitment and selection are made aware of what they should do avoid discrimination to ensure equality of opportunity.
Steps are taken to encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for positions at all levels of the school.
Access to opportunities for professional development is open to all.
Employment policy and procedures are reviewed regularly to check conformity with legislation and the impact of policies are kept under regular review. The Governing Body monitors the number and type of bullying incidents, serious incidents, racist incidents and complaints; racist incidents and fixed term exclusions are reported to Bradford Council. The Governing Body and school leaders are very keen to ensure that all pupils make strong progress and that no group is left behind. We monitor progress and attainment data very carefully. We work hard to support groups of children who appear to be struggling, for example by targeting support to meet the needs of underachieving groups and children i.e. One-to-One Tuition, Booster groups. The school employs a non-class based SEND-Co who will work directly with New to English children, as well as providing intervention and support for key groups.
The equalities policy and all other relevant policies will be evaluated and monitored for their impact on pupils, staff, parents and carers from the different groups that make up our school. This will be communicated with staff, parents, carers and governors by the Head Teacher.
Throughout the curriculum, we provide opportunities for our pupils to learn more about people from different backgrounds. We are actively involved with the Schools Linking Network where we engage in joint-projects alongside schools from different communities; that have a different cultural or ethnic population. As well as this, our RE and PSHCE curriculum provides guidance and understanding on life within different cultures and religions.
We have set the following objectives:
- To continue to employ staff on their ability to perform the designated role effectively.
- To continue to treat all children and adults with courtesy, respect, integrity and dignity.
- To continue to ensure all children progress and achieve with equality.
- To continue to challenge any type of intolerant attitude, comment or action that undermines the value or dignity of others.
- To continue to celebrate cultural diversity through our curriculum and with our community.