The Equality Information & Objectives Policy

The Equality Information & Objectives Policy

Equality Information and Objectives Statement Oct2017

Introduction:

Chancery Education Trust fully understands the principle of the Equality Act 2010 and the work needed to ensure that irrespective of a person’s age, disability, gender, gender-identity, race, religion beliefs or sexual orientation they are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.

  • We try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect
  • We respect the equal rights of our staff and other members of the Academy’s community
  • We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same
  • We recognise that, for some pupils, extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful
  • We recognise and celebrate diversity within our community whilst promoting community cohesion
  • We maintain a strong family ethos. The staff, parents, governors and friends of Chancery Education Trust are committed to working together to provide the highest quality of education that will meet the needs of every child and enable them to achieve their personal best
  • We aim to make sure that no-one experiences less favorable treatment or discrimination because of their age, any disability they may have, their ethnicity, colour or national origin, their gender, their gender identity or reassignment, their marital or civil partnership status, being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation

Legal Framework

  1. We welcome our duty under the Equality Act to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations
  2. We acknowledge our duties to publish specific information every year to explain how we have due regard for equality; and to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities, and reduce or remove them
  3. We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information on pupils by protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’. Everyone in Britain is protected by the Act. The ‘protected characteristics’ under the Act are:

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

 

Number of pupils on roll at the Academy: 515 as at 1st November 2017

 

Disability

 

The Equality Act defines disability as when a person has a ‘physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’

 

The Academy will not publish information that relates to fewer than 3 people to ensure that individuals cannot be identified through the publication of data.

 

Disability and special educational needs

 

Number of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs: 76

There are pupils at our Academy with different types of disabilities.

 

SEND is identified under four categories:

·         Communication and Interaction

·         Cognitional and Learning

·         Social, Emotional and Mental Health

·         Sensory and/or Physical

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision

 

Statement (mainstream): 0

 

Education Healthcare Plan: 7

 

 

Race

This includes colour, nationality and ethnic and national origins.

 

Gender

Male

259

Female

256

 

Religion and Belief

 

 

 

TOTAL

BOYS

GIRLS

CHRISTIAN

8

4

4

HINDU

1

0

1

MUSLIM

2

2

0

NONE

129

58

71

OTHER

1

0

1

REFUSED

374

195

179

 

515

259

256

 

 

Chancery Education Trust is committed to working for the equality of all our staff, children, parents and carers to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.

 

What we do to eliminate unlawful discrimination

·         We are aware of the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 that it is unlawful to discriminate or treat some people less fairly

·         We aim to keep an accurate record of the protected characteristics of our pupils and employees

·         We have an anti-bullying policy with a focus on celebrating mutual respect, good relations, an absence of prejudice-related bullying including discriminatory and offensive language

·         We deal promptly and effectively with all incidents and complaints of bullying and harassment that may include cyber-bullying and prejudice – based bullying related to disability or special educational need, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, religion and belief and sexual orientation

·         We have a special educational needs policy that outlines the provision the Academy makes for pupils with special educational needs

·         We aim to observe and implement the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in our employment practices

·         We will promote attitudes and values that celebrates and respects diversity and challenge discriminatory behaviour and language wherever it occurs

·         We regularly monitor the curriculum to ensure that learning opportunities across the curriculum are in place to promote respect for diversity and challenge negative stereotyping

·         We track pupil’s progress to ensure that they are achieving in line with their capabilities

What we do to advance equality of opportunity

  • We support disabled learners by meeting their individual needs
  • We make adjustments where possible to ensure disabled pupils are not put at a disadvantage compared to other pupils
  • We collect and analyse data to ensure all groups are progressing well and no group is subject to disadvantage
  • We use all available information to set suitable learning challenges for all, responding to pupils’ diverse needs and overcoming any potential barriers to learning
  • We identify the particular needs of individuals and groups within the Academy and use targeted interventions to narrow gaps in achievement
  • We ensure employment policy and procedures are checked regularly to check conformity with legislation
  • All staff posts are advertised formally and open are to the widest pool of applicants
  • We provide professional development opportunities for all staff

What we do to Foster Good Relations and community cohesion

  • Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
  • Ensuring participation of all parents and pupils in the Academy development, e.g. through the parent forum and parent and pupil surveys
  • Listening to parents and carers at open evenings, home contact books and Parent View
  • Listening to pupils in pupil voice
  • Listening to staff during their Appraisal meetings
  • Creating opportunities for links within the local community e.g. use of the Academy premises for lettings, after school clubs and extra curricular activities

 

Our Equality Objectives

 

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of data and other information. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. We regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.

 

Equality Objective 1

 

Improving attainment and rates of progress by closing the achievement gap for different groups.

 

 

To achieve this objective we plan to:

 

Hold Pupil Progress reviews half termly in order to monitor progress of all different groups and to plan interventions appropriately.

 

Progress we are making towards achieving this objective:

 

PPRs held half termly that allow scrutiny of the impact of interventions and Quality First Teaching

 

 

 

 

Equality Objective 2

 

Ensuring that all pupils regardless of background or circumstance have fair access to out of hours learning opportunities and extracurricular clubs.

 

To achieve this objective we plan to:

 

Provide assistance to anyone for educational learning opportunities on a needs basis. In addition we offer free tuition to those we feel would benefit the most. Homework clubs are available in all year groups to provide extra support.

 

Progress we are making towards achieving this objective:

 

Pupils eligible to Pupil Premium Grants are subsidised to allow access to clubs as far as possible

 

Monitoring and Review

 

Name

Date

Policy written by

Barbara Rutherford

13/10/16

Agreed by Committee

Academic Committee

13/10/16

Adopted by Governing Body

 

18/10/16

To be reviewed annually

Review by

Laura Marsh, Acting Principal

31/10/17

Review by Committee

Local Governing Board

1/11/17

Adopted by Governing Body

 

28/11/17

 

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