|Last Reviewed:||Autumn 2018||Next Review:||Autumn 2021|
|Approved By:||Headteacher and Governing Body|
Single Equality Policy
This single policy supersedes the school’s previously separate policies on ethnicity, disability and gender equality. The school’s statutory duties and responsibilities are outlined in Appendix 1.
Our policy refers to all members of our school community and, in formulating objectives for each equality duty, considers the needs of young people in our community who may, so far, have found it difficult to join our school.
The purpose of the policy is:
Through the implementation of this policy we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that every adult, child or young person will have access to the necessary support required to enable them to reach their highest potential and that the school’s procedures for management of staffing, learning and behaviour are fair, effective and equitable.
To do this, the school’s leadership will, in the cycle of monitoring and self– evaluation highlight possible and actual inequalities in standards, provision and leadership and management, investigate why they take place and remove any unfairness and disadvantage.
When drawing up and reviewing this policy, governors and staff at this school have discussed and understood disability to be an experience rather than a condition. The proposed actions set out as objectives, and the terminology used, reflect this understanding.
The objectives drawn up should be specific, measurable and realistic with accountability and timescales made clear. We will take action to ensure that, where possible, the adults and volunteers (including governors) working in our school reflect the diversity of the communities that the school serves.
The school also recognises:
In promoting equality we are committed to:
The single equality policy will be considered alongside our other school policies, but specifically Collective Worship, Behaviour for Learning, Admissions, Anti Bullying. The school’s vision statement also reflects our aim to promote equality.
The context of our school The staff and governors are committed to make reasonable adjustments to equality objectives as our intake and community changes. Distinctive features of our school or significant partnerships that are aids to promoting equality, as well as any known barriers, are recorded on the SEF.
Our improvement priorities are developed taking account of our community and breakdown of our pupil/student intake by ethnicity, disability, gender, religious belief and social and economic background.
Reporting and reviewing this policy
In line with requirements we will produce an annual report on the progress of any plans and review and revise the single equality policy every three years. All information regarding equality will be included in the Headteacher’s reports to governors and the Headteacher will report any breaches of this policy, and the steps taken to deal with any breaches, to governors at least termly.
Complaints by staff will be dealt with under the Staff Codes of Conduct for all school based staff agreed and implemented by the Governing Body in November 2015. A copy of this policy is available on request from the school.