Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires us 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.
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and 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.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All our children are of equal value.
2. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging in our local and wider community.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
6. We recognise and respect difference.
We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We eliminate discrimination by:
Adoption of the single Equality Scheme
Our behaviour policy ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying
Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
Ensuring that 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
Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We foster good relations by:
Ensuring that Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is seen as a community school within our local community
Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.
Equality Objectives 2017/2018
At Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we
have set the following objectives:
Objective 1: To increase understanding of all staff of equality and its implications on a day to day basis, and in this way to reduce or to remove inequalities attainment thought out the school, particularly inequalities relating to protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act.
Objective 2: To increase the membership of vulnerable pupils in after school clubs and activities and in this way to reduce or to remove inequalities attainment thought out the school, particularly inequalities relating to protected characteristics listed in the Equality.
Our Equalities policy is available here.
Printed copies are also available from the school office.