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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Public Sector Equality Duty

Publication of Information and Objectives under the Equality Act 2010

On 5 April 2011 the Public Sector Equality Duty (The Equality Duty) came into force in England, Scotland and Wales requiring us to publish information to show how we fulfil the three aims of the General duty.

Information on how we fulfil the three aims of the general duty

Aim

Information

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act

In a recent parent survey (Dec 2011) answered by 83 parents, 100% said their child/ren feel safe in school.

We run a drop-in listening service at lunchtime for children to share any concerns with our learning mentor.

We operate a ‘no blame approach’ to bullying including any incidents of prejudice-related bullying. These incidences are low but we are realistic and recognise that it can and does sometimes occur.

We take part in the annual national events such as ‘Anti-bullying Week’ and ‘Safer Internet Day’ when we raise awareness of procedures with pupils, parents and staff.

Any Racist Incidents are investigated and followed up with pupils and parents and reported to the Governors and the Local Authority. We have seen a decrease in the number of these over the last 18 months.

Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

In the past we have focused on narrowing the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment in writing and maths. We do this through careful tracking of data and regular reviews of pupil progress which map out the provision for targeted pupils. We have rigorous systems in place for the planning and review of provision for pupils with English as an additional language and those with Special Educational Needs.

We consult with all stakeholders to evaluate the work of the school and prepare the School Development Plan. These groups include: School Council (pupils), Parent Forum, Staff (Development Day for all teams) and regular pupil and parent surveys.

Equality objectives are integrated into the School Development Plan.

Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Our curriculum and assemblies provide regular opportunities for pupils to learn about different communities and cultures, thus helping them develop respect and tolerance. We also take part in special events such as Send my Friend to School Week and Show Racism the Red Card. We organise our own special events such as International Week. Our pupils visit Maybury Open Door (a drop in centre for adults with learning difficulties) twice a year where they present a concert and socialise with the clients.

 

Equality Objectives for April 2012 – April 2016

Objectives

Why we have chosen this

To narrow the gap in attainment between boys and girls in English

Our data shows us that our boys perform less well than girls. Recently we have focused on writing and this has improved across the school. We now need to focus on reading and raising boys’ interest in literacy generally. We will purchase online books and other resources to appeal to boys and work alongside carers to be good role models.

To foster good relations with people in groups who are under- represented in our school

We have a low number of pupils with disabilities and our pupil population is predominantly White British. It is therefore important for us to provide opportunities for our pupils to develop appropriate attitudes. We will do this by: developing links with our local Special School, developing a link with a school in a more culturally diverse area of the UK, developing a link with a school in a developing country and celebrating diversity through the Olympics and Paralympics.

Agreed by the Governing body 21 March 2012