St Mary’s Church of England Primary School Equalities Information and Objectives Statement
At St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, we believe that every child has the right to equality of outcome and to achieve their full potential. In order to achieve equity, we embrace the principles of fairness, social justice, inclusion, global citizenship and community cohesion. We welcome our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.
At St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, we believe that positive actions are fundamental in ensuring all stakeholders in our school have equal chance to achieve, participate and fulfil their roles in school and the wider community. Equality for all helps us to develop a sense of identity, social justice and to be successful as individuals, as a school and as a community.
We understand equality to mean treating everyone fairly and with dignity and by valuing their individual characteristics such as their age, disability, gender identity, race, sex, religion, belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances or any other visible or non-visible difference.
We further understand that people have different needs, situations and goals and some people may experience additional barriers and challenges. Therefore, achieving equity of outcome requires the removal of discriminatory barriers, and the recognition that the allocation and distribution of resources cannot always be distributed equally if we are to live up to our commitment to everyone being able to achieve their full potential whilst at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
Objective 1: To ensure all members of the school community are given a sense of belonging
Objective 2: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
Objective 3: To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners.
Objective 4: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
The Equality Act 2010 brought together all the legal requirements on equality that the private, public and voluntary sectors need to follow. It affects equality law at work and in the delivery of all kinds of services and, in the context of this policy, in all aspects of the provision of education.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of each and every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups. We pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics through the PHSE Cambridgeshire scheme we follow and through 'Everyone's Welcome'. Further, more detailed information about 'Everyone's Welcome' can be found under the Parent Tab on the website.
Our Equality/Inclusion and Accessibility plans are reviewed regularly, and the latest documents are attached below.