Equality and Inclusion at Easterside Academy
Easterside Academy adheres to The Equality Act 2010 and the Department for Education advice for schools (May 2014).
The Equality Act lists a number of characteristics which must not be used as a reason to treat some people worse than others. These are:
- pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding;
- gender reassignment;
- religion or belief;
- sexual orientation.
A person can experience direct discrimination because of a protected characteristic, even if the person does not have the characteristic himself/herself:
- Discrimination because of perception takes place where someone is treated worse than others because they have been perceived to have a characteristic.
- Discrimination because of association takes place when a person is treated worse than another person because they associate with a person with a protected characteristic.
As a school, we do not:
- discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil because of their disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, religion or belief, or sexual orientation;
- harass or victimise a pupil or prospective pupil.
We do not discriminate against a person in relation to the following activities:
- admission to your school;
- the provision of education to pupils;
- access to any benefit, facility or service;
- exclusion from school;
- by subjecting a pupil to any other detriment.
The mission statement of Easterside Academy talks of valuing the individuality of all of our children. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. This policy helps to ensure that this school promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.
Easterside Academy aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils.
The full Equality policy can be viewed below.
|Equality and Inclusion Policy||Click!|
Our Equality Objectives 2016 – 2019
|Advance equality of opportunity||To continue to narrow the gap between boys and girls in English at the end of KS1 and KS2.||Data analysis shows equality of attainment/progress for both groups.
Identify group/s and individuals at risk of underachievement and plan appropriate intervention; monitor and review ensuring effectiveness.
|2016 – 2019
|Foster good relations||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.||Evidence collected will show equality and fairness in access and engagement in learning and school life.
Principles of ‘Poverty Proofing’ will be considered/used.
The Parent ‘Engage Team’ will work with identified families to ‘engage’ them in school life and learning.
|2016 / 17|
|Eliminate discrimination||To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.||SMSC books within each classroom setting will both evidence and celebrate each of these areas.
Staff will plan appropriate opportunities to discuss issues of equality and diversity.
|2016 – 2018|
|Advance equality of opportunity||To continue to monitor and support attendance of all groups of children in school and in this way reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school, particularly inequalities relating to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act.||Attendance for all groups of children will be in line with each other and the National average.
Education Welfare Ltd will monitor attendance across school. The Head Teacher will monitor group attendance.
A range of initiatives will be used to increase attendance of all.
|2016 – 2019
|Advance equality of opportunity||To increase the membership of vulnerable pupils in out-of school clubs and activities, and in this way to reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school, particularly inequalities relating to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act.||Increased take up of all groups to participate in out-of-hours clubs and activities.
Monitor the number of vulnerable pupils participating in comparison to others.
Poverty Proofing principles considered / used.
|2016 / 17|