Our aims for all at Warndon Primary School
We are concerned with the education of the whole child. We encourage each child to develop fully to his or her potential by providing equality of opportunity throughout the curriculum. Our aim is to provide skills and knowledge for the children to understand the world around them and for use in adult life. We aim to develop young people who have experienced success in school, have positive attitudes about themselves, and who are becoming socially aware and developing into caring members of the society.
The school supports the Curriculum Aims of Worcestershire Education Authority, promoting and fostering development of skills, interests and attitudes which are appropriate to the intellectual, physical, emotional and social stages of each child’s development.
The Need for an Equal Opportunities Policy
We believe that our Equal Opportunities Policy should extend to all pupils, staff (teaching and non-teaching) parents, visitors and contractors to our school.
An effective equal opportunities policy enables employers to ensure, as far as possible, that they do not practise unlawful direct or indirect discrimination and that they make the best use of their existing and potential work force.
An equal opportunities policy and programme enables employers to develop good employment practices in respect of all employees regardless of their sex.
An effectively monitored equal opportunities policy enables employers to identify groups, which are under-represented in certain jobs or sections, to assess the reasons for this and, where appropriate, to make use of the relevant Acts for positive action.
• All pupils will have equal access to the whole curriculum;
• All information provided for parents clearly states that all subjects and facilities are equally available to all;
• The issue of stereotyping will be brought to pupils’ attention and that teaching materials do not reinforce stereotypes;
• Equality of opportunity permeates the whole curriculum and is regularly reviewed.
What are ‘Equal Opportunities’?
Respect for all human beings implies opportunities for all. Race, sex, disability and age may in the past have been commonly used to segregate and differentiate between individuals. Such action denies equality of opportunity. It is important to celebrate the richness and diversity of culture and experience that we now enjoy, and is becoming part of our heritage.
Aims of the Equal Opportunities Policy
It is the aim of the School to
1. Provide equal educational opportunities for all children.
2. Counter discrimination based on class, gender, race or disability.
3. Promote mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among pupils of all backgrounds.
4. Monitor and evaluate this policy and effect appropriate change as and when necessary.
Statements of Principle
· Discrimination on the basis of colour, culture, origin, sex or ability is unacceptable in this school.
· Every pupil and teacher endeavours to further this objective by personally contributing towards a happy and caring environment and by showing respect for and appreciation of each other as individuals.
· The primary objective of this school is therefore to educate, develop and prepare all our pupils, whatever their sex, colour, culture, origin or ability, for life
· All staff practise an equal opportunities philosophy.
· The school acknowledges the complexity and variety of British society and recognises that it would be failing the pupils if it did not prepare them for their integral part in society.
· The school is committed to emphasising the common elements and values of different cultures rather than highlighting conflicting areas
· The school is committed to encouraging all our children to value, respect and celebrate cultural and faith diversities.
We see our first task as equipping pupils with awareness of an increasingly diverse society and of presenting the world as it is and as we would like it to be.
The school is committed to the following:
1. The policy of the school is to maintain an organisation and management structure, which is value free in terms of gender, ethnic origin, and sexual orientation. This applies to both staff and pupils.
2. The organisation will be non-discriminating in terms of pupil selection for activities and groupings of pupils.
3. Programmes of work shall reflect the individual assessment of needs and preferences. Inherent in this is the recognition and acceptance of individual differences.
4. Teaching methods and resources shall reflect the flexibility of approach necessary to meet individual needs.
We aim, within Warndon, to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race or background. We want all our pupils to achieve their full potential during their time with us. As such, we work to ensure that our expectations, attitudes and practices do not prevent any child from reaching their potential.
We recognise that a child’s self perception can be influenced by his/her environment and so we aim to enhance our children’s self-esteem and confidence by positively working to reduce any gender bias and promoting equality of opportunity.
As a school we work to incorporate Worcestershire County Council Guidelines for equal opportunity into our primary practice. Certain strategies are employed to ensure that the cross-curricular dimension of equal opportunity permeates all of the life and work of the school.
Children of both sexes have equal opportunity within and equal access to all areas of the whole school curriculum. This includes both the Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for the National Curriculum subjects; other subject areas currently outside the National Curriculum and areas such as extra-curricular activities. Boys and girls are encouraged to participate equally in the full range of activities both inside and outside the classroom.
- Efforts are made to recognise and be aware of the possibility of gender bias in both our teaching and learning materials and our teaching styles.
- Materials are carefully selected for all areas of the curriculum so as to avoid sexual stereotypes and gender bias.
- Teacher time, attention and all resources are given equally to boys and girls.
- All children are encouraged to work and play freely with others of both sexes.
- Opportunities are given for children to work with teaching and non-teaching staff of both sexes.
Teaching and other groupings, such as assembly and classroom seating and playground areas are organised on the basis of criteria other than gender, for example, age, ability, friendship.
Equality between the sexes is recognised when giving/delegating responsibility and noting the achievements of both staff and children.
• Discipline procedures — notably rewards and sanctions are the same for both sexes.
• Our school uniform policy reflects equality of opportunity for all children.
• Children and all staff are encouraged to value each other and build up and maintain co-operative working relationships both within school and in the community, such relationships being based on mutual respect for each other.
Any differences involving gender, which arise inside or outside the classroom, are dealt with sensitively and are discussed with the children.
All teaching and non-teaching posts are not sex-specific. Both men and women are encouraged to teach all age groups and each Key Stage. All staff has equal access to In Service training and posts of responsibility.
All members of staff regularly review practices and approaches involving equal opportunity in terms of gender issues.
Equal Opportunities — Race
We aim, within Warndon , to ensure that our expectations, attitudes, and practices — in particular those relating to race — do not prevent any child from reaching their potential.
We recognise that a child’s self perception can be influenced by his/her environment and so we aim to enhance our children’s self-esteem and self-confidence by positively working to reduce any race bias and promoting equality of opportunity.
The school has accepted and implemented the LEA Policy Document on Racial Harassment and a copy is held in the Headteacher’s office. This document will be of great assistance in the event of an incident of racial harassment and must be referred to. There is a form at the back of the document that can be used to monitor such incidents.
We aim to prepare all children for life in a multi-cultural society, building upon the strengths and richness of cultural diversity.
To do this we must ensure that:
a) Each person retains the security and self-confidence deriving from her/his own culture while furthering her/his ability to participate fully in the community as a whole.
b) Groups achieve recognition of their identity as valued elements within a diverse but mutually supportive society.
c). We recognise that racism affects everyone by preventing the individual’s full
development and to acknowledge that tackling racism is everyone’s responsibility.
d) We provide for all the individual needs of the learners, having regard to their ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural and historical background.
e) To ensure that the learning experience is free from bias in its portrayal of either ethnic minorities or the majority culture.
f) To raise the achievement and attainment levels of ethnic minority learners in all areas of the curriculum
g) To monitor and evaluate this policy and effect appropriate changes as and when necessary.
h) To promote a positive ethos based on values such as respect, empathy and understanding which contribute to racial harmony, justice, equity and equality
i) To ensure that all staff has access to Equal Opportunities training.
j) Display work within the school should actively promote race equality.
Equal Opportunities - Disability
We work to ensure that our expectations, attitudes, and practices - in particular those relating to disability - do not prevent any child from reaching their potential.
We recognise that a child’s self perception can be influenced by his/her environment and so we aim to enhance our children’s self-esteem and self-confidence by positively working to reduce any disability bias and promoting equality of opportunity.
The children of Warndon are a very welcoming group of children. We often receive children into the school at different times of the school year. With the expertise of staff and the welcome extended from the children, new pupils acclimatise quickly. Pupils are fully integrated into classes and we have a number of children with special needs. The children are encouraged to accept the many differences children have and support those children in need.
We have worked hard over the last few years to ensure that disabled visitors and pupils have equal access to the site.
Equal Opportunities in Action
The schools admission policy does not permit sex, race, colour or disability to be used as a criteria for admission.
All forms of discrimination by any person within the school are to be treated seriously A careful note must be kept of such incidents, whether they take place in the playground, hall, corridors or teaching areas. It should always be made clear to offending individuals that such behaviour is unacceptable.
All incidents are referred to the Headteacher and consideration is given to involving the parents. Parents should be aware of the school’s commitment to equal opportunities.
The school values diversity amongst the staff.
In all staff appointments, the best candidate will be appointed, based upon strict professional criteria.
All staff should be aware of possible cultural assumptions and bias within their own attitudes.
All pupils must have access to the school’s curriculum. Staff must be constantly aware that their own expectations affect the achievement, behaviour and status of each pupil. The curriculum must be balanced, objective and sensitive, and must reflect sexual and cultural diversity.
Every effort will be made to ensure that the curriculum provided reflects the School’s policy on Equal Opportunities. All activities offered should promote a positive ethos based on values such as respect, empathy and understanding.
Such a curriculum will then provide opportunities for all learners to achieve and for all others to value such achievements.
The School Will Aim To:
- Provide equal access to, and positive encouragement in, curriculum opportunities for all pupils.
- Encourage pupils and staff to question conscious or unconscious attitudes and assumptions in themselves and others, which might lead to prejudice.
- Ensure that staff are aware of the extent to which their own perceptions and unspoken expectations relating to the curriculum may influence pupil achievement.
Pupils and the Curriculum
Included in the school aims is the idea that it seeks to develop the particular abilities of each pupil as an individual. This is endorsed by our Special Needs Policy. Equal Opportunities is about developing individuals and not allowing their sex, race or any other general characteristic to get in the way.
Each pupil must have equal access to all the benefits, facilities or services offered by the school. This means that girls and boys must have precisely the same access to the curriculum and also to any other benefit offered by the school e.g. visits and extra curricular activities.
The school’s aim is to provide for all pupils according to their needs, irrespective of sex, ability or ethnic origins. Whenever possible, staff must ensure that the resources used in all curriculum areas are multicultural, multi-faith (in line with the agreed syllabus for RE) and non-sexist, containing positive images of all groups.
Variety should be evident in the morals, stories and information offered to children. Pupils should have access to accurate information about similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies
The School recognises that it is not enough to provide a curriculum and leave learners to benefit from it, but that the teachers role is to promote access to that curriculum.
To this end, staff will aim to:
• Deal immediately and firmly with any incidents of blatant discrimination such as name-calling, taunting or sarcasm based on race, gender or disability. Covert discrimination will not be tolerated - to ignore is to condone
• Offer opportunities for success equally to all pupils in all subjects, practical tasks and group work.
• Attempt to give equal attention to all pupils.
• Provide positive support for pupils making non-traditional choices in curricular and extra-curricular activities.
• Arrange classes or working groups using need and ability as the only criteria for selection.
• Ensure that displays, books and visual aids present positive images of minority groups.
• Address equality issues within the hidden curriculum of:
1. Staff attitudes to pupils e.g. seating plans, physical tasks, carrying of messages.
2. Staff expectations — expectations of pupils achievements should be based on ability, not gender, ethnicity, disability or socioeconomic background.
• Select, and if necessary, update all materials/resources to be used in the classroom, and remove any which only serve to foster negative images.
The Hidden Curriculum
The last few years have seen a wealth of new research studies which demonstrate convincingly the variety of ways in which some girls and boys, men and women, still wrongly believe that
• Education serves a different purpose for them depending on which sex they are;
• Certain subjects or activities are not suitable for them; (e.g. boys are good at science, girls are good at reading)
• Girls and women are inferior to boys and men.
It needs to be stressed that these forms of discrimination and stereotyping are for the most part quite unintentional but are, nevertheless, undesirable and harmful to the intellectual and social development of pupils.
As children grow older, their ideas of sex roles begin to be more influenced by factors beyond the home, the most significant of these influences being the school, the peer group and the media. Since the only factor controlled by teachers is the school, every effort should be made to present a non-discriminatory environment. Many small but significant procedures can affect the development of a non-discriminatory environment.
• School organisation;
• Television, books and other learning materials;
• Teacher attention;
• Adult role models.
Visits, Community Projects, Out of School Activities
All visits are open to pupils of both sexes. All recreational, sport and social facilities and out of school activities are likewise equally available to both sexes.
Pupils of both sexes are afforded equal access to all benefits, facilities and services provided by our school. Decisions on discipline and dress for girls and boys have been made on non-discriminatory criteria.
The school operates a behaviour policy, which is supported, and followed by the whole school community, parents, teachers and governors, based on a sense of community and shared values. Rules for the classroom, dining hall and playground are based on mutual respect. Sanctions and rewards are applied without favour to all pupils.
The Equal Opportunities Commissions (EOC) recommends the establishment and use of consistent criteria for selection, training, promotion, redundancy and dismissal, which should be made known to all employees both teaching and non-teaching. Without such consistency, management decisions may be subjective, leaving the way open for unlawful discrimination to occur. The school follows guidance planned by the LEA in all areas of employment.
This occurs when a person is treated less favourably on the grounds of sex than others are, or would be, treated in the same circumstances.
Refusing to employ a woman because she has children where a man with children would be employed. (Selecting a man for a position rather than a woman, the decision being based on the grounds of gender.)
Genuine Occupational Qualifications
There are occasions when to specifically select an employee because of sex can be lawful. Such exceptions are Genuine Occupational Qualifications
The Role of the Governing Body
As a result of recent legislation, school governors have increased responsibilities for educational provision in their institutions. These include duties concerning:
• Resource allocation; and
• Implementation of the National Curriculum
Our Governing Body takes this responsibility most seriously and endeavours to ensure that they discharge their responsibilities without discrimination.
Working Within the Law
Anti-discrimination laws in the United Kingdom are designed to eliminate discrimination in employment and education on the grounds of race and sex.
The Race Relations Act 1976 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person on racial grounds in recruitment, promotion, transfer, training, terms and conditions of employment or dismissal.
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person on the grounds of sex or marital status.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) 2001 brought in laws and measures aimed at ending the discrimination, which many disabled people faced. The Act gave disabled people new rights in the area of employment.
In addition, the Equal Pay Act 1970 (amended 1984) requires employers to give equal treatment in respect of pay, terms of contract and employment to men and women doing the same or broadly similar work. Under the terms of the 1984 amendment, equal pay must also be given for work of equal value in terms of skill, effort, decision-making or other issues.
Classification by sexuality (bisexual, homosexual, gay, lesbian, heterosexual) for purposes of employment, professional responsibility or opportunity demonstrates discrimination. Similarly, sexuality should not be used to discriminate amongst pupils and students.
It is the intention of the school that these aims will lead to a working climate in which each participant, whether child or adult, will be encouraged to hold a positive regard and respect for themselves and each other, through which the learning process can take place.
This year’s objectives
To narrow the gap between free school meal children and non free school meal children
To narrow the gender gap