The School Population
- Raddlebarn Primary School is a multicultural and diverse school; the percentage of the school population with a language other than English believed to be a child’s first language is consistently above the national percentage
- Children are able to speak approximately 28 different languages with English, Arabic, Malay/Indonesian and Urdu being the most widely spoken
- The population consists of over 30 different ethnicities
- The school population represents approximately 6 different religions
- All reasonable adjustments are made to ensure the school’s physical environment is suitable for all students.
- The school adheres to statutory equal opportunities procedures when recruiting and promoting staff
- The Senior Leadership Team has responsibility for overseeing and reviewing equality procedures
- Before introducing important new policies or measures, the school carefully assesses their potential impact on equalities
- The school has rigorous safeguarding policies in place including procedures to tackle bullying in all forms
- The school has a clear accessibility plan in place
- There is coverage within the curriculum to promote each child’s understanding of equalities issues including community cohesion, gender roles, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Curriculum resources represent a wide variety of ethnicities, religions and cultural backgrounds
- The school partakes in anti-bullying week
Consultation and Involvement
- The school has procedures for finding out how pupils think and feel about the school and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding
- The school has procedures for consulting and involving parents and carers in all aspects of school life and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding
- The school uses a variety of data sources to rigorously track the attainment and achievement of all groups of children including but not limited to gender, ethnicity and disability
- If the school identify an underachieving group of children, additional measures are put in place to enable each child to reach their potential
A new Equality Act began in 2010. This replaced:
- Disability Discrimination Act
- Race Relations Act
- Sex Discrimination Act
The new act gave schools a public sector equality duty (PSED) to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. There are 8 protected characteristics: race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and age.
The Equality Act demands, that from September 2012, schools and LAs have a duty to supply auxiliary aids and services, for disabled students, as reasonable adjustments, where they are not being supplied through SEN Education Health and Care Plans or Statements or from other sources.
What can be classified as a disability?
There is no exhaustive list of conditions that qualify as a disability as the focus is on the effect the impairment has. While some impairments, particularly visible ones, are easy to identify, there are many which are not so immediately obvious. Conditions that can qualify are:
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Learning Difficulties
- Mental health conditions including OCD, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and some self-harming.
What is a reasonable adjustment?
Where something a school does places a disabled pupil at a disadvantage compared to other pupils then the school must take reasonable steps to try and avoid that disadvantage.
…this will particularly be the case where a disabled child does not have an SEN statement or where the statement does not provide the auxiliary aid or service.
At Raddlebarn Primary School, we work very hard to ensure that we fulfil our Public Sector Equality Duty and advance the equality of opportunity of our students.