Equality at Marton & District Primary School
Our school aims to meet its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty by having due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- 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.
Marton District CE A Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are valued.
At Marton and District CE A Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.
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. We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.
The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at Marton and District CE A Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
Our Equality Objectives
Our approach to equality is based on the following key objectives:
- To monitor changes to ensure they result in good outcomes for pupils in all vulnerable groups, and review the curriculum considering new performance measures.
- To encourage and enable all members of the school family to cherish themselves and others as unique and wonderfully made within a culture of dignity and respect.
- To ensure that all existing and potential pupils are given equal opportunities.
- Develop a culture of inclusion, support and awareness and in addition to inspire children to respectfully stand up for what they believe in and become courageous advocates.
- Effectively support all pupils in the classroom, ensuring all staff are skilled to do so and that new technologies are explored to support access to learning for all pupils.
- Ensure that all pupils have access a curriculum which enables them to flourish
- Provide a healthy environment that enables full curriculum access
- Foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of belonging.
- Observe equality practice in all policy development
- Reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that are found to exist.
- Hold high expectations of all of our children.
To achieve these objectives, our distinct Christian vision and values guide us in all that do; helping us make decisions, to evaluate the impact of our work, and to inform the way that we act collectively as members of the Marton family as well as individually.
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
We eliminate discrimination through:
- Teaching and living core Christian values: Understanding agape in the context that God offers all of mankind eternal life through Jesus Christ, and working towards justice and living lovingly and without judgement beside all people in the community.
- Implementing our behaviour policy which ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying.
The Golden Rule is ever present within our school behaviour policy as well as within the context of school life and signifies how we treat each other as well as underpinning our relationships in school.
‘Treat others how you would want to be treated.’
- Reporting, and monitoring all prejudicial and discriminatory incidents via CPOMS and responding to incidents sensitively and promptly.
- Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping.
- Teaching of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success.
- Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children and groups of children make progress, rapid where possible and intervening when necessary.
- Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision.
- Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of all stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We advance equality of opportunity by:
- Living our value of justice by encouraging active responsibility for one another, not judging others, going the extra mile and working for justice.
- Seeing that no-one is excluded from school life.
- Ensuring robust monitoring and using the information that we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention.
- Utilising a comprehensive SEND policy that secures inclusivity for all children in all aspects of school life.
- Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development.
- Listening to parents/carers/ pupils at all times.
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:
- Upholding our school value of communion by nurturing relationships including the relationship with God and self, and understanding how that relates to living peacefully and positively within a wider community and ever changing world.
- Ensuring that Marton and District CE A Primary School is seen as a school for all, where there are no outsiders and everyone is welcome.
- Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in Collective Worship.