Equality Information

Taken from our Equality Policy

2.      Introduction

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation of people on the grounds of protected characteristics – disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and age. The Equality Act 2010 also requires public bodies such as schools to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between people from different equality groups

This is called the Public Sector Equality Duty and its purpose is to promote equality for all.

At Cockerton Church of England Primary School we believe that a key feature of delivering this mission is a starting point where everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. This document is to help us focus on the outcomes that matter to the people who use our school and its services and our local community; and to ensure that our services are accessible and delivered effectively. We need to be able to demonstrate what we have done and what we plan to do to improve opportunities and outcomes for pupils, staff, parents and other users of the school. Our success in meeting our objectives will be monitored and delivered through the governors’ role, school improvement processes and our self evaluation processes.

Our School states clearly that all forms of bullying and discrimination are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  We recognise that a strong and well observed anti bullying policy will have a positive impact on the lives of children from all equality groups. We have therefore set out the measures that our school will take to address bullying and discriminatory incidents in our Anti-Bullying Policy. We monitor and submit data regarding bullying and discriminatory incidents to the Local Authority as required.

4.      Our Vision and Aims for Equality and Diversity

We will treat everyone at Cockerton Church of England Primary School fairly so that all members of our school community can be free to learn, care and grow together.  We will ensure that every pupil irrespective of race, disability, gender, religion and belief or sexual orientation is able to achieve high standards and that strategies are in place to tackle under–achievement. We will ensure that every pupil has access to the necessary teaching and support required to enable them to achieve their highest potential.  We will ensure that the school’s procedures for disciplining pupils and managing behaviour are fair, effective and equitable.  Our intention is to ensure that the adults working or volunteering in the school are from diverse groups; we believe that this provides good role models for our pupils.

5.      Roles and responsibilities, commitment and accountability

The Governing body accepts their responsibility to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and harassment, as outlined in the objectives. Through the implementation of this policy the governors and staff meet the requirements of the Race, Disability and Gender Equality Duties, and the requirements of the Equality Act 2006 Religion and belief and Equality Act Regulations 2007.

The governing body will ensure that all members of staff understand the importance of our duty and their role in delivering it.   The monitoring and delivery of our Equality Duty will be assessed via meetings of staff, the Senior Leadership Team, School Council and the Governing Body. 

We will mainstream equality issues by:

  • Paying due regard to equality issues within all our key policies, planning, decision making processes and performance management;
  • Ensuring that our planning contributes towards our equality objectives;
  • Ensuring that arrangements are in place to monitor and report on our progress against our objectives; and
  • Ensuring that we engage effectively with our learners, staff, parents and local communities in planning, delivering and monitoring the objectives.

6.      Race

We recognise that black and ethnic minority people experience discrimination on the basis of colour, race, nationality  and ethnic origin. This discrimination manifests itself in all areas of life. Racial harassment and violence is one of the most serious consequences of racism, damaging people emotionally and physically and limiting life choices and opportunities. We will take all necessary measures to prevent and tackle racial harassment and assist our learners to live in freedom from harassment and to feel safe as they enjoy and achieve throughout their time at our school. All Racist Incidents are managed according to our Racist Incident Policy.

We are committed to working for the equality of all ethnic groups. The Governing Body understands its accountability. Under the duties of the Equality Act we will:

Tackle unlawful discrimination by:

  • Keeping accurate records of all ethnic groups, their backgrounds and needs and how we respond to them;
  • Dealing with complaints of discrimination and harassment speedily in line with our Racist Incident Policy; and
  • Encouraging dialogue between different racial groups.

Advance equality by:

  • Expanding access and achievement across all communities and in all areas of school activity;
  • Promoting the active participation of minority communities in shaping the future of our school;
  • Consulting with ethnic minority learners, their families and staff on issues affecting them rather than with people acting on their behalf;
  • Ensuring the school staff, learners and their families as well as the wider community fully understand the principles of race equality and good race relations.

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Promoting activities that celebrate our common experience as well as those that recognise diversity;
  • Encouraging learners and their families of all ethnic groups to participate fully in all aspects of school life;
  • Fostering understanding and respect for the cultures and faiths of all our learners and their families;
  • Countering myths and misinformation that may undermine good community relations.

At Cockerton Church of England Primary School, we gather information about ethnicity in our Entry Profile forms which parents complete when children join the school.  We analyse pupils’ achievement based on ethnicity to monitor equality of achievement.  We have involved parents of all ethnicities represented in the school in the  development of the objectives.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.

7.      Disability

We recognise that people with disabilities experience discrimination across all areas of life. We welcome the requirements of the Equality Act and set out our commitment to meeting the duties in relation to disability. Our aim is to advance disability equality across all areas of the school, to disabled pupils, staff, parents, carers and other school users.

We are committed to working for the equality of people with and without disabilities. The Governing Body understands its accountability. Under the duties of the Equality Act we will:

Tackle unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities by:

  • Challenging patronising or discriminating attitudes;
  • Making the environment as safe as possible and challenging antisocial or bullying behaviour against, or harassment of, disabled learners, staff and families;
  • Monitoring and eliminating discrimination and disability related harassment;
  • Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled learners can take advantage of education and associated services.

Advance equality for people with disabilities by:

  • Removing barriers to accessibility, particularly in relation to education, employment and access to services, information and buildings;
  • Increasing the extent to which disabled learners can participate in the school curriculum;
  • Providing where possible, support, assistance and care to disabled learners to enable them to lead independent lives;
  • Supporting disabled learners, staff and carers according to their individual need;
  • Taking steps to meet people’s needs related to their disability, even if this requires more favourable treatment;
  • Involving disabled learners, their families and disabled staff in the changes and improvements we make and consulting them on issues affecting them, rather than with people acting on their behalf;
  • Monitoring staff and learners by disability;
  • Having a Disability Equality Objective.

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity between people with disabilities and other people;
  • Promoting positive attitudes towards people with disabilities;
  • Increasing the inclusion of positive images of people with disabilities across the curriculum;
  • Encouraging participation of people with disabilities in school life.

We gather information about disability in our Entry Profile forms which are completed by parents when children join the school.  Our Accessibility Plan (which focuses on ways to improve the physical layout of the building and disabled access to the curriculum) is reviewed annually.  We have involved parents with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities in the development of the objectives.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.

8.      Gender

We are committed to combating sex discrimination and sexism and promoting the equality of women and men. We recognise that society has stereotypes for both women and men, and both women and men can lose opportunities because of these stereotypes. We are aware that staff with caring and domestic responsibilities may need to work part-time or flexible working hours.  We will work in partnership with other agencies to eliminate sexual harassment, domestic violence and other hate crimes. 

We are committed to working for the equality of women and men. The Governing Body understands its accountability under the Equality Act and we will give due regard to the need to:

Tackle unlawful discrimination by:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sex, including domestic violence, sexual violence, bullying and exploitation;
  • Challenging patronising or discriminating attitudes;
  • Making the environment as safe as possible and challenging antisocial or bullying behaviour against, or harassment of girls, boys, women and men.

Advance equality for girls, boys, women and men, in all our functions by:

  • Monitoring learner outcomes and achievement by gender;
  • Monitoring staffing and pay by gender;
  • Having a Gender Equality Objective.

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity between men and women;
  • Increasing the inclusion of positive, non stereotypical images of women and men, girls and boys across the curriculum;
  • Encouraging the equal participation of boys and girls, women and men in all aspects of school life.

We aim to challenge gender stereotyping in all aspects of school activities.  We gather information about gender in the Entry Profile forms which are completed by parents when children join the school. We analyse pupils’ achievement based on gender to monitor equality of achievement.  We have involved parents of both genders, parents of boys and girls, and pupils of both genders in the development of the objectives.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.

9.      Religion and Belief

We recognise that the Equality Act 2010 requires us to assess the impacts of our policies, functions and procedures have on promoting equality for people based on their religion, belief and non-belief. We will take all necessary measures to prevent and tackle discrimination and assist our learners to live in freedom from harassment and to feel safe as they enjoy and achieve throughout their time at our school.

We are committed to working for the equality for people based on their religion, belief and non belief. The Governing Body understands its accountability under the Equality Act and we will give due regard to the need to:

Tackle unlawful discrimination by:

  • Monitoring and eliminating unlawful discrimination and harassment on the grounds of religion or belief;
  • Making the environment as safe as possible and challenging antisocial or bullying behaviour on the grounds of religion, belief or non-belief.

Advance equality in all our functions by:

  • Removing any barriers which prevent children and adults of all religions, beliefs or non belief taking a full part in our school life;
  • Assessing the impacts of our policies and procedures on promoting equality based on religion, belief and non belief.

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Encouraging the equal participation of people of all religions, beliefs and non belief in all aspects of school life.

As a faith school, we give priority in admissions to Anglicans who are at the heart of the church (or those who attend churches which are in a covenantal relationship with the Church of England). In line with The Admissions Code, we only do this when we are oversubscribed.  Where we have spaces we do not refuse entry to pupils based on their faith. When recruiting staff, as a voluntary aided school with a religious character, the governing body may give preference to any candidate whose religious opinions and worship are in accordance with the tenets of the religious denomination of the school.  We gather information about religion, belief and non-belief in the Entry Profile forms which are completed by parents when children join the school.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.

10.    Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

We are committed to combating discrimination faced by lesbians, gay men and bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. We want to ensure equality of opportunity for LGBT people across services and employment.

We recognise that the Equality Act 2010 requires us to assess the impacts of our policies, functions and procedures have on advancing equality for people based on their sexual orientation. We will take all necessary measures to prevent and tackle discrimination and assist our learners to live in freedom from harassment and to feel safe as they enjoy and achieve throughout their time at our school.

We respect the rights of individuals to be open about their sexual orientation. We tackle homophobia, challenge stereotyping and aim to improve knowledge about LGBT communities, both internally and within the community as a whole. The Governing Body understands its accountability under the Equality Act and we will give due regard to the need to:

Tackle unlawful discrimination by:

  • Taking a pro-active approach to preventing all forms of homophobia within the school;
  • Challenging patronising or discriminating attitudes and homophobic language;
  • Making the environment as safe as possible and challenging antisocial or bullying behaviour against, or harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • Dealing with complaints of discrimination and harassment speedily and according to Local Authority Guidance and notify complainants of the outcome and actions taken.

Advance equality for of LGBT people in all our functions by:

  • Assessing the impacts of our policies, functions and procedures on promoting sexual orientation equality. 

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity between men and women;
  • Increasing the inclusion of positive, non stereotypical images of LGBT people and the contributions they have made to different aspects of the curriculum.

We aim to challenge gender stereotyping in all aspects of school activities.  We do not currently gather information about sexuality.  We monitor instances of homophobic bullying and abuse as part of our

Anti-Bullying and Behaviour Policies.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.

11.    Age

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for younger and older people. We recognise that society has negative attitudes, stereotypes and myths about youth, ageing, younger and older people. These attitudes and beliefs can lead to both younger and older people being socially and economically disadvantaged, excluded and marginalised. We believe that younger and older people have the right to equality of opportunity and that they make a significant and valuable contribution to the community at large.

Age equality means securing the equal participation in society of people of every age, securing a balance between equal citizenship, equality of opportunity, equality of outcome and respect for difference

Tackle unlawful discrimination by:

  • Challenging patronising or discriminating attitudes and language;
  • Dealing with complaints of discrimination and harassment speedily and according to Local Authority Guidance and notify complainants of the outcome and actions taken.

Advance equality by:

  • Assessing the impacts of our policies, functions and procedures on promoting age equality

Foster good relations and cohesion by:

  • Increasing the inclusion of positive, non stereotypical images of people of all ages and the contributions they have made to different aspects of the curriculum

Whilst age is not a protected characteristic in relation to children in schools, we aim to challenge age stereotyping in all aspects of school activities.  We do this by drawing on volunteers from different ages to promote positive interaction between children and adults of varying ages.  We will publish our progress annually as part of our review of the school’s Equality Objectives.