Equality

7

The School Population

  • Whitchurch Primary School is predominantly multicultural; the percentage of the school population with ‘other than English’ believed to be a child’s first language is consistently above the national percentage.
  • Children are able to speak approximately 33 different languages with Gujarati, Tamil and Urdu being the most widely spoken
  • The population consists of over 10 different ethnicities.
  • During the last 3 years there has been an increase in the number of children from the European Union.
  • The school population represents approximately 9 different religions.
  • The staff population is becoming increasingly multicultural; staff are able to speak approximately 17 different languages.

Staffing

  • The school adheres to statutory equal opportunities procedures when recruiting and promoting staff.
  • The Inclusion Team, alongside the Senior Leadership Team, have responsibility for overseeing and reviewing equality procedures.
  • A member of the Governing Body has a delegated responsibility for equality procedures within the school.

Policies

  • Before introducing important new policies or measures, the school carefully assesses their potential impact on equalities.
  • The school has rigorous safeguarding policies in place including procedures to tackle bullying in all forms.
  • The school has a clear disability accessibility plan in place.
  • All school policies are linked with and make reference to the Equality Act 2010.

Curriculum

  • There is coverage within the curriculum to promote each child’s understanding of equalities issues including community cohesion, gender roles, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Curriculum resources represent a wide variety of ethnicities, religions and cultural backgrounds.
  • The school partakes in anti-bullying week and actively promotes UNICEF’s Rights of a Child.
  • All reasonable adjustments are made to ensure the school’s physical environment is suitable for all students.

Consultation and Involvement

  • The school has procedures for finding out how pupils think and feel about the school and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding.
  • The school has procedures for consulting and involving parents and carers in all aspects of school life and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding.

Tracking

  • The school uses a variety of data sources to rigorously track the attainment and achievement of all groups of children including but not limited to gender, ethnicity and disability.
  • If the school identifies an underachieving group of children, additional measures are put in place to enable each child to reach their potential.

Equality Summary

A new Equality Act began in 2010. This replaced:

  • Disability Discrimination Act
  • Race Relations Act
  • Sex Discrimination Act

The new act gave schools a public sector equality duty (PSED) to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. There are 8 protected characteristics: race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and age.

The protected characteristic that concerns predominantly, but not exclusively, to a primary school is disability.

The Equality Act demands that from September 2012 schools and LAs have a duty to supply auxiliary aids and services for disabled students, as reasonable adjustments, where they are not being supplied through SEN statements or from other sources.

What can be classified as a disability?

There is no exhaustive list of conditions that qualify as a disability as the focus is on the effect the impairment has. While some impairments, particularly visible ones, are easy to identify, there are many which are not so immediately obvious. Conditions that can qualify are:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Mental health conditions including OCD depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and some self-harming

What is a reasonable adjustment?

Where something a school does places a disabled pupil at a disadvantage compared to other pupils then the school must take reasonable steps to try and avoid that disadvantage.

 …this will particularly be the case where a disabled child does not have an SEN statement or where the statement does not provide the auxiliary aid or service.

At Whitchurch Primary School, we work very hard to ensure that we fulfil our Public Sector Equality Duty and advance the equality of opportunity of our students.

Whitchurch Primary School Equality Objectives

Responsibility

Date of Review

To continue to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the physical learning environment and curriculum resources to ensure equality of educational opportunity for all pupils All school staff January 2018
To increase the average point score (scaled score) of disadvantaged* students All school staff July 2017
To implement recommendations from the accessibility audit All school staff December 2018

*Disadvantaged refers to children who receive free school meals and children looked after by the Local Authority.

Equality Provision and Adjustments