Niton Primary School
Equality Statement – Nov 2022 (reviewed annually)
At Niton Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all members of the school community.
The governing board aims to ensure that no employee, job applicant, parent or pupil or other member of the school community is treated less favourably than anyone else.
This Equality Statement is concerned with all pupils’ access to the curriculum and the recruitment and opportunity of all staff.
The Equality Act 2010, the bulk of which took effect from 1st October 2012, replaces and consolidates previous anti-discrimination legislation, including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976, with a single act.
The 2010 act introduces changes that the school needs to take account of. The Act introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), sometimes referred to as the general duty that applies to schools and all public bodies. The combined equality duty came into effect in April 2011.
In common with all public bodies, Niton Primary School will have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations across all characteristics, between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
In practise, due regard means that the governing board and leadership team will:
- Be aware of the duty to have due regard when making decisions or taking action and will assess whether it may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics
- Consider equality implications before and at the time that they develop policy and take decisions, not as an afterthought and they keep them under review on a continuing basis
- Integrate PSED into the implementation of all school functions and ensure that the analysis necessary to comply with the duty is carried out seriously, rigorously and with an open mind. It will never be a question of ticking boxes or just following a particular process.
It is unlawful to discriminate in the following areas, termed protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Aims and objectives
Niton Primary School is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background.
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement.
We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Our aims and objectives are:
- To comply with the legislation of the Equality Act 2012
- To continue to maintain the school’s position as a provider of the highest quality of education and, as a good employer, providing development opportunities for all staff
- To ensure that equality remains high on the school’s strategic agenda
- To establish good management practice and to set out a proactive agenda in which discrimination is recognised as an organisational issue which needs an organisational response
- To ensure that all staff work together with a shared sense of purpose to meet the needs of every pupil
- To ensure that pupils and staff contribute towards a happy and caring environment by showing respect for and appreciations of, one another as individuals
- To ensure that complaints or evidence of failure to comply with the school’s equality statement will be dealt with promptly and fully investigated according to the relevant procedure
We seek to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in which basic skills in English and maths are taught progressively and systematically.
Furthermore, the school’s aim is to provide for all pupils according to their needs, irrespective of gender, ability or ethnic origin.
The curriculum avoids stereotypes and provides good role models for all pupils. We seek to ensure that the curriculum is not delivered in a discriminatory way. For example:
- Children from all ethnic backgrounds are called upon to express their views in class
- Girls and boys have equal access to all areas of the curriculum including sport
When curriculum policies are reviewed due regard is given to equal opportunity implications.
Tracking pupil progress
We aim to ensure that all barriers to learning are removed for all our pupils, especially those with protected characteristics.
To achieve this we:
- Track the progress of pupils by analysing data by race, gender and disability
- Track the progress of all our pupils by analysing data
- Carry out termly assessments of all our pupils in maths, reading, writing and GPS
- Draw up provision maps for each class each term
Special issues for some protected characteristics
It is rare for very young people to want to undergo reassignment. However, the governors will ensure that gender variant pupils, or the children of transgender parents are not singled out for different or less favourable treatment from that given to other pupils.
The governors will make sure that pupils of all races are not singled out for differentor less favourable treatment from that given to other pupils
The governors will make sure that all gay, lesbian or bi-sexual pupils or children of gay, lesbian or bisexual parents are not singled out for unfair treatment.
Disability and SEN
The governors will make reasonable adjustments to avoid disadvantage to a disabled pupil. When considering adjustments, the governors will take into account the circumstances of each case and will also be advised by the Isle of Wight SEN team and health professionals regarding the child’s needs.
Factors which the governors will consider include: the financial or other resources required for the adjustment, its effectiveness, its effect on other pupils, health and safety requirements and whether aids have been made available through the Special Educational Needs route.
Under the Act, the school can now lawfully make New Positive Action provisions to allow us to target measures that are designed to alleviate disadvantages experienced by, or to meet particular needs of pupils with particular protected characteristics. These measures will need to be a proportionate way of achieving the relevant aim. The school will use these provisions as appropriately as possible.
Recruitment and employment of staff
The governing board will avoid unlawful discrimination in all aspects of employment including recruitment, promotion, opportunities for training, pay and benefits, discipline and selection for redundancy.
Person and job specifications will be limited to those requirements that are necessary for the effective performance job.
Candidates for employment or promotion will be assessed objectively against the requirement for the job, taking account of any reasonable adjustments that may be required for candidates with a disability.
Disability and personal or home commitments will not form the basis of employment decisions except where necessary.
The governing board will consider any possible indirect discriminatory effect of its standard working practices, including the number of hours worked, the times at which these are to be worked and the place at which work is to be done, when considering requests for variations to these standards working practice and will refuse such requests only if the governing board considers it has good reasons, unrelated to any protected characteristics, for doing so.
The governing board will comply with its obligations in relation to statutory requests for contract variations and will also make reasonable adjustments to its standard working practices to overcome barriers caused by disability. The school will monitor the ethnic, gender and age composition of the existing workforce and of applicants for the jobs (including promotion) and the number of people with disabilities within these groups and will consider and take any appropriate action to address any problems that may be identified as a result of the monitoring process.
The governing board will ensure that appropriate training is provided on equal opportunities to all staff likely to be involved in recruitment.
All staff will assist the governing board and the whole school to meet its commitment to provide equal opportunities in employment and avoid unlawful discrimination. All staff should be aware that they can be held personally liable as well as, or instead of, the governing board for any act of unlawful discrimination.
If any member of staff considers that they have experienced unlawful discrimination, they may use the school’s grievance procedure to make a complaint. The governing board will take any complaint seriously and will seek to resolve any grievance that it upholds.
You will not be penalised for raising a grievance, even if your grievance is not upheld, unless the complaint is both untrue and made in bad faith.