School statement on equality
Every person in our school community has been made in the image of God and is loved unconditionally by God. Everyone is equal and we treat each other with dignity and respect. Our school is a place where everyone should be able to flourish in a loving and hospitable community. Each person in all their unique difference should be able to thrive, irrespective of physical appearance, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, academic ability, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
We are committed to promoting the understanding of the principles and practices of equality – treating all members of our school community as individuals, according to their needs, with an awareness of our diverse society and appreciating the value of difference. We actively seek to challenge discrimination and we promote an anti-bullying stance which makes clear the unacceptability of racist, disablist and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles of:
- Providing effective and engaging teaching, encouraging the highest achievement for each child;
- Nurturing the spiritual development of all members of the school community, reflecting our Christian ethos, and promoting mutual respect and responsibility;
- Valuing the contribution each child makes to the life of the school and taking account of individual’s needs;
- Promoting an ethos of excellence for all, in a caring and Christian setting;
- Fostering a sense of community and self-discipline where children and adults treat each other with respect and courtesy; and encouraging children to carry these skills and values with them beyond the school family;
- Encouraging all our children to take risks, aim high and challenge themselves.
- To continue to develop all children as active learners who take responsibility for their own achievement and development.
- To ensure all children make excellent progress from their relative starting points.
- To narrow the gap between boys and girls.
- To increase our children’s understanding of different faiths.
Parbold Douglas CE Academy is an inclusive school, and we use the curriculum and teaching to enhance the self-esteem of all those the school serves and to provide a learning environment in which each individual is encouraged to fulfil their potential.
We make regular assessments of pupils’ learning and use this information to track pupils’ progress, as they move through school. As part of this process, we regularly monitor the performance of different groups, to ensure that all groups of pupils are making the best possible progress. We use this information to adapt future teaching and learning plans, as necessary. Resources are available to support groups of pupils where the data suggests that progress is not as good as it should be. The Governing Body receives regular updates on pupil attainment. School performance data is compared to national data and local authority data, to ensure that all pupils are making appropriate progress when compared to all schools, and to schools in similar circumstances. As well as monitoring pupil performance, we also regularly monitor a range of other information.
This relates to:
- Attendance – absence, both authorised and unauthorised.
- Exclusions and truancy.
- Racism, disability discrimination, sexism, homophobia, HBT discrimination and all forms of bullying including HBT bullying.
- Participation in extended learning opportunities.
- Parental involvement.
Our monitoring enables us to identify any differences in pupil performance and provide specific support as required, including pastoral support. This allows us to take appropriate action to meet the needs of specific groups in order to make necessary improvements.
Parbold Douglas is also committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation. We aim to recruit an appropriately qualified workforce and establish a Governing Body that is representative of the community in order to respect and respond to the needs of our school population.
Due regard is given to the promotion of equality in the School Improvement Plan. The person responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of this policy and action plan is the Headteacher. Their role is to:
- Lead and support discussions, organise training, update staff in staff meetings.
- Work with the Governing Body on matters relating to equality.
- Support evaluation activities that moderate the impact and success of this policy.
To eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, our actions include:
- Opposing prejudice and prejudice related bullying by teaching and living out our core Christian values and our vision.
- Actively finding and sharing opportunities within our children’s learning to increase their awareness of diversity in our world.
- Applying our anti bullying and behaviour policies effectively.
- Actively creating an environment of dignity and respect, where differences are celebrated and valued.
- All subject leaders promote and celebrate the contribution of different cultures to the subject matter.
- Recording and monitoring any negative, prejudicial language or behaviour on particular pupils and groups of pupils effectively on electronic systems and using this information to support children.
- Responding to incidents and complaints in a proactive way.
- Using opportunities within our curriculum to explore our differences and diversity and celebrate these.
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of society, without stereotyping.
- Using materials to promote a positive image of and attitude towards disability and disabled people.
- Promoting attitudes and values that will challenge discriminatory behaviour.
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and religion and celebrate the diversity of other cultures.
- Using a range of sensitive teaching strategies when teaching about different cultural and religious traditions.
- Develop pupils’ advocacy skills so that they can detect bias, challenge discrimination, leading to justice and equality.
- Ensure that the curriculum covers issues of equality and diversity.
- Emphasising the value that diversity brings to communities rather than the challenges.
To advance equality of opportunity between different groups, our actions include:
- Ensuring all pupils’ learning needs, including the more able, are met by carefully planned, delivered and assessed lessons and sequences of lessons.
- Taking account of the performance of all pupils when planning for future learning and setting challenging targets.
- Making best use of all available resources to support the learning of all groups of pupils.
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education.
- Providing educational visits and extra-curricular activities that involve all pupil groups.
- Identifying future resources and training that will support continuous professional development for staff and enrich learning.
- Analysing assessment, attendance and other relevant information to ensure action is linked to any patterns or impact as a result of this.
- Holding termly pupil progress meetings where attainment data for individuals and groups of pupils is analysed to ensure all children are supported in achieving the highest standards.
- Ensuring a high priority given to the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or a disability.
- Providing access to services, facilities and information for parents, children and families.
To foster good relations, our actions include:
- Employing adults who are good, positive role models in their approach to all issues relating to equality of opportunity.
- Giving consideration to the emotional learning environment to ensure a safe, caring environment which enables pupils to learn and develop well.
- Creating an atmosphere of respect, warmth and hospitality for all children and members of our community.
- Discussing and sharing ways in which our Christian values enable us to make a positive difference to each other and our community/world.
- Encouraging children to learn together and support each other by working in different groups and by taking on leadership roles in school where they support and serve each other.
- Applying our behaviour and anti-bullying policies consistently and effectively.
A full copy of our 'Equality Statement and Objectives' - with further information about how we address equality at Parbold Douglas - can be found on the policies page: