The Equality Act 2010 requires the school to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
St James’s Primary School is an inclusive school. We focus on the well-being and progress of every child and believe that 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.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value
2. We recognise and respect difference
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that exist
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children
7. As a Catholic school we ground our approach in the Gospel values and strive to achieve the ‘Common Good’
8. We are a Rights Respecting School and have held the Silver Award since 2019
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.
In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.
Information on other groups of pupils
In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:
Through rigorous tracking and monitoring of individuals and of all the groups of children, including progress and attainment, and by providing equal opportunities to access the curriculum and activities, we aim to ensure that any gap in attainment for pupils within any of the above different groups is removed, or at least remains less than the gap nationally.
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at St James’s Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.
We eliminate discrimination by:
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We foster good relations by:
At St James’s Primary school we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of their protected characteristics and their socio-economic background.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
1) To implement and develop inclusive teaching practice and provide equal opportunities to a high quality curriculum that is representative of the community.
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.
3) 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.