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At Southmead Primary School and Centre for Children and Families we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.
The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. At Southmead Primary School and Centre for Children and Families we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
As a school we will:
a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The protected characteristics are:
•Ethnicity and race
•Marriage and civil partnership
•Pregnancy and maternity
•Religion and belief
•Sexual identity and orientation
We do this by:
· Treating all those within the school community (e.g. pupils, staff, governors, parents and the community) as individuals with their own particular abilities, beliefs, challenges, attitudes, background and experience.
· Creating and maintaining a school ethos which promotes equality, develops understanding and challenges myths, stereotypes, misconceptions and prejudices.
· Encouraging everyone in our school community and Children’s Centre to gain a positive self-image and high self-esteem.
· Having high expectations for everyone involved with the whole school community.
· Promoting mutual respect and valuing each other’s similarities and differences and facing equalities issues openly and honestly.
· Monitoring and reviewing all the above to secure continuous improvement in all we do.
- We understand that different people have different needs, and that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
- We understand that some pupils need extra support in order for them to be successful.
- We do our best to ensure that people from different groups are involved in decision making within our school, including pupils, governors, parents, school council and other school groups.
Equality Targets for Southmead Primary School 2019/20
-To ensure that pupil premium children make expected progress in reading.
-To ensure that all SEN children and children with low prior attainment make good or better progress.