The Ridge Junior School

The Ridge Junior School

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Ethos & Values

Equality objectives statement

In order to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), schools must publish their equality objectives statement – a declaration of aims that ensures equality for all members of the school’s community.

Opening statement

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties, with regards to equality are:

  • Eliminating discrimination.
  • Fostering good relationships.
  • Advancing equality of opportunity.

We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:

  • Sex.
  • Age.
  • Race.
  • Disability.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Gender reassignment.
  • Pregnancy or maternity.
  • Marriage and civil partnership.

We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality and diversity, and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.

Aims to eradicate discrimination

We believe that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:

  • Being respectful.
  • Always treating all members of the school community fairly.
  • Developing an understanding of diversity and the benefits it can have.
  • Adopting an inclusive attitude.
  • Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all.
  • Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness and a caring empathetic mindset

We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding, to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others.

Dealing with prejudice

We do not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we take discrimination against all members of our school very seriously . When an incident is reported, through our thorough reporting procedure, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.

Our pupils are taught to be:

  • Understanding of others.
  • Celebratory of cultural diversity.
  • Eager to reach their full potential.
  • Inclusive.
  • Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour.

The school’s employees will not:

  • Discriminate against any member of the school community.
  • Treat other members of the school community unfairly.

The school’s employee’s will:

  • Promote diversity and equality.
  • Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude.
  • Lead by example.

Equality and dignity in the workplace

We do not discriminate against staff with regards to their:

  • Age.
  • Disability.
  • Gender reassignment.
  • Marital or civil partner status.
  • Pregnancy or maternity.
  • Race.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Sex.
  • Sexual orientation.

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.

We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.

Prejudice is not tolerated and we are continuously working towards a more accepting and respectful environment for our school community.

 

The school’s Equal Opportunities Policy further outlines the school’s policies regarding equality.

The school continues to develop and support British Values

 

Equalities  and Plan 2020 Onwards

The following action plan outlines what will be achieved in the next 2 years with regards to improving wellbeing and outcomes  in accordance with  the Public Sector Equality Duty ( PSED).

Aspect of the duty

Issue

Action

Responsibility

Timescale

Developing a voice for disabled students, staff and parents/carers

Student voice for all groups is taken into account in consideration of support plans

SEND lead to review and further  develop

Robust mechanisms for capturing pupil voice regarding their support plans

SEND lead

19 -21

Encouraging participation in public life by disabled people

 

 

 

 

Eliminating harassment and bullying

Ensuring that children are fully aware of the issues of bullying in terms of the protected categories

Focus on bullying based on differences during ‘Anti-bullying week’

.

Annually T2

Promoting positive attitudes towards all groups within the school community

 reference made to disabled people in taught curriculum

 

 

 

‘Taught’ Curriculum needs to be representative of school community’s composition & heritage but promote clearly understanding and appreciation of

Other cultures faiths and their achievements

As part of curriculum re-modelling, ensure all new units of work take account of diversity, incl. drawing attention to the contribution made by people with recognised disabilities

 

New curriculum units include positive contributions made by all faith and national groups to a multi-cultural Britain

Curriculum Leader, Inclusion Co-ordinator, all staff

2019-21

Removing barriers

Engagement of ‘hard to reach families’ to secure engagement

.Pupil Premium allowances

 

Widening of Role of Parent link worker  within new framework of Wellbeing support (Thrive)

 

HT

 Ongoing

HT

19  onwards

Ensuring that environment takes account of the needs of Autistic students inc OPAL play environment

·    Train all staff on issues

·    Ensure that classroom environment does not provided a barrier Autistic, making adaptations based on LA advice

Inclusion Co-ordinator

Ongoing

Maintain homework clubs f

Fund support for homework clubs

HT

Ongoing

Ensure IT infrastructure is sufficient to allow all  children additional/extended access

·    Ensure hardware meets the needs of all learners

·    Ensure network allows appropriate access to resources

ICT lead

As Required

Ensuring that school furnishings and furniture does not provide a barrier to any child

Audit learning spaces/ common spaces whenever a disabled child joins the school to ensure that all fixtures/fittings enable inclusion

Inclusion CO-coordinator/ HT

As Required

Impact Assessment

Ensuring good progress of disabled students

Monitor progress of disabled children at each assessment point to ensure high expectations and good progress

HT & Assessment Lead

On-going

Ensuring good progress of all heritage groups

Monitor progress of all groups

 

 

HT & Assessment Lead.

On-going

The Governing Body

Ensure all policies are free from discriminatory terms or actions

·    Policies are checked as they are reviewed and amendments made

·    Complete EIA on all policies

Gov. Body.

On-going

Data Collection

Ensure all data relating to disabilities is included in SIMS and disseminated to relevant staff

·    Check SIMS data collection and dissemination guidelines

·    Introduce new monitoring system CPOMS into school

HT & Admin. Assistant.

 

HT and Dep

On-going

 

 

2019  

Reviewing and monitoring

Ensure information relating to standards is collated and disseminated

Develop new report format for govs

 

HT

 

May 2020