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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.
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.
Equality Target for Southmead Primary School 2016/17
-To close the gap in attainment and progress, in reading, between boys and girls in KS2.
-To ensure that all SEN children and children with low prior attainment make good or better progress.
Progress against these targets at the end of Summer 2017:
-The gap between boys and girls attainment in Reading at KS2 was below 10% in all year groups except one.
-Over the Key Stage there were 2 year groups with boys having higher attainment and 2 year groups with girls attaining higher. This shows that the balance has become more equal over the year.
-Progress between boys and girls has narrowed with the highest gap in a year group being 13%. All other year groups were below 10%. This demonstrates a diminishing gap between the progress of boys and girls.
-In KS2 2017, girls attained 61% [NA 75%] in reading and boys were 57% [NA 68%.] In 2016 there was a difference of 24% between girls and boys attainment. This year attainment is much closer between them.
-Girls [-0.2] made more progress than boys [-3.2]in Reading, which is a reversal on the previous year. However the gap is narrower than in previous years.
-Low attainers in Reading across KS2 made 83% expected progress and 67% made accelerated progress.
-In Maths, 100% of low attaining children made expected progress and 58% made accelerated progress. This strong progress data is an indicator of how gaps are being diminished in each year group, especially for those who had accelerated progress.
-50% or more SEN children made expected or accelerated progress. With 5 year groups having very good progress in Reading for SEN children.
Equality Target for Southmead Primary School 2017/18
1. To ensure that disadvantaged children make expected progress in reading.
2. To ensure that all SEN children and children with low prior attainment make good or better progress.