This information sets out our school’s approach to promoting equality, as defined within the Equality Act (2010) which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pupils and staff members who are pregnant and those undergoing gender reassignment.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires schools to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
St Wilfrid's 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.
Equality – Aims and Values
St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School aims to provide equality and excellence for all and promote the highest possible standards of achievement, enjoyment and fulfilment. These aims are promoted through our school Values.
We aim to prepare them for life in a diverse society where they are able to be involved in and celebrate all aspects of that society and are welcomed as part of it.
Our Approach to Promoting Equality
1. All learners are of equal value
2. Differences are recognised and respected
3. Positive attitudes and relationships are fostered to create a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. Good equality practices are maintained in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. Reduction and removal of inequalities and barriers that already exist are paramount.
6. 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:
Our objectives detail how we ensure equality is applied to:
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.
A Cohesive Community
We will ensure that our pupils are part of their local community, using local resources and being known and accepted within that community. We also aim to include our various local communities in the life of the school (e.g. businesses, faith groups, ethnic or language groups, voluntary groups, wider family and friends).
In order to help achieve a cohesive community our school aims to:
Roles and Responsibilities
Local Governing Board are responsible for:
The Headteacher is responsible for:
All school staff members are responsible for:
Pupils are responsible for:
Parents and carers are responsible for:
Visitors and Contractors are responsible for:
Responsibility for overseeing equality practices in the school lies with the Headteacher and the member of the Governing Board linked to equality. These responsibilities include:
Monitoring, Reviewing and Assessing Impact
The Equality policy on the website will be regularly monitored and updated by the Headteacher as necessary and information about the school's compliance with the Equality Duty will be included in the summer report to the Children and Learning Committee.
St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School - Equality Objectives 2022 – 2026
• To narrow any gaps in attainment and progress that have arisen between groups of pupils; particularly between dis-advantaged and non-disadvantaged children of all ages; between the achievement of boys and girls, especially in mathematics and writing and for those with prior high attainment to ensure they reach at least their expected potential.
• To ensure effective strategies are in place to narrow the gender attainment gap for children on entry to Early Years, investing particularly in speech and language screening and interventions to provide the best possible chances for a successful education.
• To ensure that no adult or child is discriminated against regardless of their characteristics, both in school and when they have contact with our wider school community.
• To promote spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of tolerance, equality and diversity; thus preparing our children for life in an ever changing society.