Understanding the information gathered
Using the monitoring information gathered the school has looked at the following areas to identify whether there were any obvious gaps or potential issues for pupils in relation to the protected characteristics:
- Any prejudice related incidents
- Professional and diverse workforce
Admissions and Attendance
The school reflects the diversity of its community. The school also needs to reflect the diverse needs of children from these different cultures and backgrounds. The whole school attendance (including foundation stage) is currently 95.4% which is good. Our pupils are motivated to come to school and initiatives such as attendance focus weeks are in place to encourage them to do so. The executive headteacher refuses to authorise any term time holidays however, this is an area that still needs some work with parents/carers to reduce the number of unauthorised absences. These absences are related to families travelling abroad for periods of time.
Equality Objective: Develop a process to better engage with all communities in our local area.
Why: The background information shows that the majority of pupils come from a Bangladeshi ethnic group however, there is significant minority who come from a range of backgrounds. The school has a responsibility to ensure that our pupils understand what is happening in the school community, the local community, throughout the UK and in the world.
How: The school helps improve pupils’ sense of belonging to a community by being involved in charitable acts and voluntary projects. Parents/carers who like to participate in school activities will be invited in to share various cultural experiences and fundraising events.
Outcome: An increase in the number of families represented in these groups and all groups of the school population represented and actively engaged.
Equality Objective: To ensure the attainment of non-EAL pupils, although few in number compared to EAL pupils, attain higher standards than those found nationally.
Why: Non-EAL pupils are attaining lower standards than those found nationally.
How: We will continue to target these pupils with appropriate interventions. Interventions are monitored and the impact is evaluated through data analysis and during termly pupil progress reviews.
Outcome: By continuing to focus on the development of these pupils with a range of interventions, attainment of this group is at or higher than national expectations.
Prejudice Related Incidents
Equality Objective: Raise awareness of different types of families and promote positive attitudes towards alternative lifestyles and promote acceptance towards other people’s family backgrounds.
Why: Our children come from many different family backgrounds including single parent/carer, separated parent/carer, large families, small families and from parents/carers with second families.
How: Introduce parental engagement. The school wants to help parent/carers understand how they can support their child/ren’s learning at home and in school so that each child will reach their full potential and have a rich and rewarding life, no matter what their family background is. The school will develop pupils’ social skills to help them make the right choices.
Outcome: To raise social and cultural awareness and acceptance, thereby reducing the number of prejudice related incidents.
Professional and diverse workforce
Equality Objective: Ensure we maintain a professional and diverse workforce.
Why: We want all staff to continue to feel valued and be able to realise their full potential.
How: We will ensure that all staff are given the opportunity to access all developmental opportunities. This includes internal and external CPD as well as taking on management and leadership roles within the school setting.
Outcome: A professional workforce that feels valued and that they have been given every opportunity to develop to their full potential. We will measure the success of this by conducting staff surveys and through external agencies.