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Learning for Life

Town End Junior School

Equality at Town End Junior School

 

Our Parents say, (April 2018)

"I'd like to take the time to write to express our thanks to Mrs White and the staff at Town End Junior School for helping our son, have a smooth transition form Infant school  and for on-going support ever since.We aim for private therapies to see our son each week and the school have been fantastic about accommodating this. We'd like to say a HUGE thank you, as this is so important."  

"Thank you to Town End Junior School, my son's introduction to Junior education has been an extremely positive one. thank you for the peace of mind our precious boy is well cared for, happy and safe."

Our Children confidently talk about differences and equality… (Nov 2016)

“No matter what race, culture, religion anyone belongs to they are still part of our school.”

“We learn by visitors coming into school, assemblies, RE lessons celebrating religions and beliefs, and some pupils own family experiences.”

“Anti-bullying week teaches us to be thoughtful about others and how we are all the same but different.”

“We show respect to all staff, and we have a mixture of male and female staff. There is no stereotyping of children based on subjects for example male teachers teaching Maths and Science.”

“Achievements are for all genders and sports and clubs and all events, school encourages inclusion of all children not based on gender or ability but on participation and willingness to try.”

 

Overarching statement

Though our curriculum we teach students to

  • Develop and apply an understanding of right and wrong in their school life and life outside school.
  • Participate in democracy developing the skills and attitudes to enable them to participate fully and positively in democratic modern Britain.
  • Respect the differences of opinion and encouraging the tackling prejudice and promoting community cohesion and understanding of diversity.
  • Have an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature appreciating and responding positively to different cultures.
  • Tackle pupil and staff prejudice and respect the equal human rights of all our pupils.
  • Ask for respect for the equal rights of our staff and other members of the school community.
  • Gain a well-informed understanding of the options and challenges facing them as they move through the school and on to the next stage of their education and training.
  • We will consult pupils, parents and visitors to inform us of any due regard for equality of opportunity, fostering good relations and tackling discrimination
  • We will comply with relevant legislation and implement school plans in relation to race equality, disability equality and gender equality.

 

Legal Duties

 

As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010.The general duties are to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between groups

 

We understand the principles of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.

 

A protected characteristic under the act covers groups listed below:

  • Age (for employees not for service provision)
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Sex (including gender reassignment)
  • Maternity and pregnancy
  • Religion and beliefs
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership (for employees)

In advancing equality of opportunity:

  • We aim to remove or minimise the disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
  • We aim to meet the needs of people with certain protected characteristics where these are different from the needs of other people
  • We encourage people with certain protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties, these are to:

 

  • Publish equality information- to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions. (we will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child)
  • Prepare and publish equality objectives

Who is responsible?

 

The governors are responsible for:

  • making sure the school complies with the relevant equality legislation and for
  • ensuring that the school Equality Scheme and its procedures are followed.The head teacher is responsible for:
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  • making sure the school Equality Scheme and its procedures are followed;
  • making sure the race, disability and gender equality plans are readily available and that the governors, staff, pupils, and their parents and guardians know about them;
  • producing regular information for staff and governors about the plans and how they are working;
  • making sure all staff know their responsibilities and receive training and support in carrying these out;
  • taking appropriate action in cases of harassment and discrimination, including racist bullying, homophobic bullying and bullying related to gender or disability.All staff are responsible for:
  •  
    • dealing with racist, homophobic and other hate-incidents;
    • being able to recognise and tackle bias and stereotyping;
    • promoting equal opportunities and good race relations;
    • avoiding discrimination against anyone for reasons of ethnicity, disability or gender
    • keeping up to date with the law on discrimination;
    • taking up training and learning opportunities. 
    • Visitors and contractors are responsible for
    • knowing, and following, our Equality Scheme.

Race Equality Plan 2020-21

  1. Introduction

This plan sets outs how Town End Junior School will work to promote race equality.

This plan addresses our specific duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. It forms part of our general Equality Scheme and also relates to the Authority Council procedure for reporting racist incidents involving pupils in schools.

 

  1. Ethnic monitoring
  • The Census return to the Local Authority records the number of ethnic groups in school twice a year. At Town End Junior School our ethnic composition for 2020/21 is:
    • 97% White British
    • 1% Other white background
    • 0.5% White/Asian
    • 0.5% White/Black African
    • 0.5% Pakistan

     

     

    • Performance data analysis is carried out through the termly progress review analysis to look at the performance of different ethnic groups in core subjects at the end of year 6. Informal monitoring takes place in other year groups.
    • Behaviour logs are reviewed to look for any trends.
    • Racist incidents are recorded; Governors are informed and record sheets passed onto the LA.
    • When policies are reviewed they are monitored to ensure the school is meeting its duty with regard to promoting Racial Equality.    
    • 3. Impact Assessment The following policies/plans have been assessed in regard to the general duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000:Standard Operating Procedures. All other policies are to be assessed over the next three years as part of the review cycle set out in the Protocol on Policies   
    • 4. Action Plan to address the General Duty to promote race equality

     

     

    Actions

    By whom

    Start

    Finish

    Evidence that it is completed

         I.        Promote equality of opportunity

    Analysis of results in Eng and Maths for Y3-5 

     

    Group and cohort tracking includes analysis of EAL and Non EAL pupils in each year group.

     

    Pupil questionnaires

    LJW   

    March 2020

     

     

     

     

    Report to governors March 2021 SIC

    Analysis shows no attainment gap between ethnic groups

     June 2020

    All pupils feel that they are treated equally and have access to same resources to achieve well.

    No differential in achievement of non-White pupils.

     

       II.        Eliminate racist harassment

    Closely monitor behaviour log and lunchtime books daily

     

    Ensure any incidents are dealt with in line with Behaviour policy

    LJW

    Senior MDS

    March 2020 

    March 2021

    2020-21

    1 racist incident recorded, reported to Governors in Dec 2020.

    2016-17

    No racist incidents reported this current school year.

    2015-16

    1 racist incident reported to governors July 2015

    2014-15

    1 racist incident recorded, reported to Governors in July 2014 and DCC

    2012-14

    No incidents recorded

     

    III.        To promote racial equality through Anti-bulling week curriculum activities

    Assemblies Black History Month

     

    Anti-bullying week planning / Audit

     

    Celebration Holocaust day

     

    Curriculum plans

     

    LJW

    All class teachers

    March 2020 

    March 2021

    Assembly planning

    School displays – Anti-bullying

    Jewish assemblies – parent visit

    Anti-bullying week focus this year – Diversity.

    Focus: Students to develop awareness of and respect for diversity in relation to, for example, gender, race, religion and belief, culture, sexual orientation and disability.

    1. How information gathered is used

    The information gathered as a result of the action plan and the general monitoring of policies will be used to review the above action plan. The information will be fed back to the school governors and staff to raise awareness of any potential issues and actions undertaken.

     

    1. Staff development

    The continuing professional development of all staff is an essential tool for school improvement. Needs to be met though a range of strategies, including courses, mentoring and visits to other schools. Governors are an essential part of our school and their CPD needs with regard to Race Equality will be monitored at Resources Committee meetings.

     

    1.   Annual reporting in relation to the Action Plan, linked to the School Improvement Plan will occur both at a staff level and in the Headteacher’s report to Governors in each term.

     

    1. The next race equality plan in Spring 2021  will build upon this plan’s actions, the results of monitoring, and other information. 

     

    Disability Equality Plan 2020-21

    1. Introduction

    This plan sets outs how Town End Junior School will work to promote disability equality. A person is disabled if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

     

    This plan addresses our specific duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. It forms part of our general Equality Scheme and also relates to our Accessibility Plan.

     

    1. Involvement of disabled people

     

    The Headteacher wrote the scheme. Disabled people were involved in its formulation by offering any interested colleagues, Governors and parents with a disability the chance to form a working party to write the scheme and discuss issues. The Headteacher wrote the plan with the support of the Chair or Governors, the Senior Leadership Team and the members of the Parents’ Forum.

     

    1. Impact Assessment

    The following policies/plans have been assessed in regard to the general duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs 2014 and Disability Act 2010

     

    Technology

    Standard Operating Procedures

    Health and well being

    Human, Social and Environmental awareness.

     

    1. Action Plan to address the disability equality duty

     

     

    Actions

    By whom

    Start

    Finish

    Evidence that it is completed

    i. Promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons

    Audit physical environment as part of health and safety audit

     

    2016

    2020-21 Paralympics work

     

     

    LJW  

    BG (Governor)

    March 2020

     

     

     

    March 2021

     

     

     

    2020-21

    accessibility toilet resigned

    steps for Y3/4 toilet access

    hand rail installed for balance 

    Paralympics work cancelled due to Covid

    2014-120

    Paralympics assemblies, class work, displays

    Ramps to give access for all pupils, staff and visitors to all classroom.

    ii. Eliminate unlawful discrimination

     

    To be aware of unlawful discrimination during any shortlisting for positions.

    Resources Committee

     

    Selection – shortlisting group

    Ongoing

    2020-21

     No posts advertised

    3 maternity leave posts - DCC guidance followed for active duties and leave.

    2014-20

    3 applications for Learning mentor post declared a disability.

    Shortlisting eliminated candidates alongside lots of others who had not met essential selection criteria.

    iv. Promote positive attitudes to disability

     

    Ensure resources purchased promote positive attitudes

    Celebrations of differences – own pupils and para Olympians through Sport and assemblies

     

    To increase social and emotional skills for students with BESD so that they have improved ability to handle difficult situations and there is reduced classroom disruption.

     

    All curriculum leaders

     

     

     

    Class teachers and TA’s

     

    Ongoing

     

     

    Assembly timetable

    Celebration assemblies

    School posters

     Class / Pupil discussion in Y3/4 about differences.

    PSHE curriculum - personal development - all different 

    Independent learning skills

    Classroom observation

    v. Encourage participation by disabled people

     

     

    Invite colleagues, parents and pupils to feedback issues.

    LJW

     

    Spring 2017

     

    Ongoing

    Contact visitors who come to school events.

    Sports Olympian and Paralympian visit 

    Ongoing dialogue Parents  - wellbeing and nurture for pupils.

    vi. Take steps to take account of disabled people's disabilities

     

    Using a confidential box give staff chance to share disabilities with HT and if their needs are being met.

     

    LJW

    Spring 2017

    Ongoing

    None shared 2012-20

    Educational

    Opportunities

    Achievements, e.g: School Trips, Swimming

    Participation in all activities and services school provides

    Pupils in position of Responsibility

    Work Experience

    Ensure visits can cater for pupils with disability

     

    Positively encourage children with statements and disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities

    Teachers

     

     

     

    TAs and teaching staff

    Ongoing

    Work experience TCS – ARC pupils

    Evolve risk assessment completed for all trips and account for all pupils needs – SEND

    Additional staff provided 1:1 on trips for Statemented pupils with physical needs.

     

    1. Accessibility Plan

     

     

    Actions

    By whom

    Start

    Finish

    Evidence that it is completed

    i. Improvements in access to the curriculum

    Teachers of children with disabilities to audit differentiation and curriculum provision to ensure inclusion.

     

    Other colleagues e.g. Hearing impairment to support this audit

     

    LJW

     

    External providers

     

    Speech and language

     

    Hearing impairment

     

    Visual impairment

     

    Educational Psychologist

    March 2020

    March 2021

    2020-21

    Pupil with Dwarfism - DCC physical impairment service completed successful audit June 2020

    Coat pegs, steps in bathroom and adapted chair meets access needs. 

     

    2 Pupils diagnosed hearing impairment and staff 

    Requested visit from Hearing support service

    Information shared and Classroom environment monitored by SLT

    Health care plan completed

    ii. Physical improvements to increase access to education and associated services

     

    Parent questionnaire about physical access

    LJW

    March 2020

     ongoing

    No current concerns about physical improvements.

    Parent comments pupil peg areas safer and more accessible by all

    Concerns accessibility  toilet reported not working properly.

    iii. Improvements in the provision of information in a range of formats for disabled pupils

     

    Use of yellow/ green coloured paper for pupils with dyslexia type difficulties.

    Information display boards e.g. for clubs at low level

    Teachers

    March 2020

     ongoing

    2020-21

    Larger print for a pupil to complete SATS papers

    2016-17

    Consideration for the SEND Local offer report being taped on website for parents.

    2015-16

    Pupils active strategies for Dyslexia

    2014-15

    No issues relating to communication reported

     

    6 . How information gathered is used

     

    Information for this scheme has been gathered from staff meetings, Parent Forum Meetings and Governors Meetings. Any points raised have been acted on by the Premises Manager and Headteacher.

     

    7. Staff development

     

    The continuing professional development of all staff is an essential tool for school improvement. Needs to be met though a range of strategies, including courses, mentoring and visits to other schools. Governors are an essential part of our school and their CPD needs with regard to disability Equality will be monitored at Resources and School Improvement Committee meetings.

    8. Annual reporting in relation to the Action Plan, linked to the School Improvement Plan, will occur both at a staff level and in the Headteacher’s report to Governors in each term

     

    9. The next disability equality plan in Spring 2022 will build upon this plan’s actions, the results of monitoring, and other information.

     

    Gender Equality Plan 2020-21

     

    1. Duties

    This plan sets outs how Town End Junior School will work to address the General Duty to promote gender equality.

     

    This plan addresses our Specific Duties under the Equality Act 2010.

     

    1. Impact Assessment

    The following policies/plans have been assessed in regard to the schools’ duties under the Equality Act 2010

     

    Technology

    Standard Operating Procedures

    Health and well being

    Human, Social and Environmental awareness.

     

    1. Action Plan to address the Gender Equality Duty

     

     

    Actions

    By whom

    Start

    Finish

    Evidence that it is completed

    i. Eliminate unlawful sex discrimination

    Application forms to ask for initials only

     

     

     

    Resources Committee

    ongoing

    2020-21 staff balance

    5 Male teachers - 5 female teachers

     

    Male and female applicants considered and shortlisted from all applications.

     

    iii. Promote equality of opportunity between men and women

     

    Ensure senior positions equally promoted to both men and women when jobs arise

     

    International Woman’s day

    Resources Committee

     

     

    All staff

    Ongoing

     

     

     

     

    2015-16

    Headteacher Female,

    Deputy Headteacher Female

    Learning Mentor Female

    SEND Female

    SLT Equal Male and Female staff

    Celebration of high attaining famous females

    Assemblies

    iv. Promote equality of opportunity between boys and girls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ensure no differential between the attainment and progress of girls and boys

    Ensure options for single gender sports teams in year 5/6 to give equal access to competitive sports – as well as mixed gender teams

     

     

    Monitoring of girls’ and boys’ attainment and progress in each year group for key skills

     

    Monitor attendance and exclusions of groups of pupils to analyse any trends in any specific group of pupils.

    PE leader

     

    Y5/ Y6 staff

     

    SLT

     

    Playleader – lunchtime activities

     

     

    LJW

     

    Teachers

    SLT

     

    Ongoing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     PESS

    Each assessment time

     

     

     

     

     

    Ongoing

    2016-17 pupils say girls not as involved in sports activities and could there be just be some girls specific activities to increase participation with play leaders at lunchtime.

    2014-15 pupils say treated equally in all ways.

    2013-14 Sports day reviews equality views between Boys and girls

    2012-13 shirts equally

    2016-17

    No distinctive pattern in attainment between boys and girls.

    Awareness of and monitoring of planning and progress of MA disadvantaged and Other pupils in Maths.

    2015-16 Playleader discussion notes promoting female participation in lunchtime activities – Friday lunchtimes

     

    2014-15 No differential between boys and girls from similar starting points.