Dormers Wells Infant School

Dormers Wells Infant School

Race Equality 

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RACIAL EQUALITY POLICY

Introduction

DormersWellsInfant Schoolserves a multi-ethnic community of nearly 400 families, drawn from two local authority housing estates. We believe that everyone in our school should have equal opportunities in school, the community and in life.

 

All members of our school will be treated equally: monitoring and analysis of data relating to gender, disability, age, religion or belief and race will be done to ensure that no group becomes vulnerable to exclusion or underachievement.

Aims

  • Our main aim is to offer an education appropriate to each individual pupil's needs regardless of their race, colour, ethnic or national origins, or religious beliefs.
  • With regard to the statutory Code of Practice on the duty to promote race equality, we aim to tackle racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good race relations across all areas of school activity.
  • We aim to ensure that everyone at our school is afforded the basic rights of freedom and access to opportunity, including freedom from all forms of harassment or bullying.
  • We aim to meet people's individual needs and appreciate and promote individual strengths and gifts.
  • We aim to ensure that active encouragement is given to all in order to enable them to fully develop talents and personal skills for co-operative interaction and academic excellence. No one person has the right to deny another person of his or her educational opportunity.
  • Where contractors are working on site, measures will be taken to ensure their employees operate according to our school's equal opportunities and racial equality policies and code of practice.
  • To regard all our pupils as being of equal value and to ensure that the needs of all pupils are identified early and met, so that they are able to achieve their full potential, helping to raise standards across our school.
  • To focus on results or outcomes, by setting targets :
    • To narrow any gaps in levels of attainment between different ethnic groups
    • To reduce any differences in the rates of exclusion between different ethnic groups
    • To evaluate how race equality is addressed within the curriculum.

Objectives

These will be reflected in School Improvement strategies, with particular emphasis on action plans promoting social inclusion and raising the levels of attainment of all pupils.

  • To challenge, in a positive way, any form of racial prejudice, whether overt or covert, which contradicts our school's equal opportunities, and racial equality policies and codes of conduct. This means adopting a consistent and unambiguous stand, from which we strive to overcome prejudice and ensure equality of opportunity for all, thus protecting the rights and liberties of every individual.
  • To foster self-esteem and respect for each person as an individual and to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere where there is a shared commitment to respect diversity and difference, challenge and prevent racism and discrimination, and encourage good relations between people of different racial groups.
  • To prepare pupils to be good citizens, living and working in a multi-ethnic society and to take up the responsibility of participation, and to treat all others as we would wish to be treated. The PSHE curriculum and the School Council will play key roles in achieving this objective.
  • To create and retain a workforce that is valued for its diverse contributions and represents different perspectives, ethnic backgrounds, experience and skills. To achieve this, our school will maintain strong community / parental links and governors will give support to our school and all its stakeholders, to ensure an effective educational delivery.
  • To link with our broader work on social inclusion and community cohesion.

Key Commitments

The following principles underpin our policy and provision:

  • Human dignity (pupils develop a sense of worth of self and others, irrespective of social, cultural, ethnic, linguistic or faith background)
  • Justice and fairness (pupils value genuinely democratic processes and principles and are willing to take action on this)
  • Commitment to equality (pupils recognise the principle of equality as the underpinning of relationships between individuals, groups and societies)
  • Recognition and value of diversity (pupils develop an open-minded approach to other cultures and social groups and are willing to learn from them).
  • All pupils should be encouraged to value their own cultural heritage and the culture and lifestyles of others, and to show respect for self and others while at the same time finding common ground to talk to one another and value living together in a community.
  • Every member of staff needs to accept responsibility for establishing a reasonable climate for debate and discussion. They must address widely held misconceptions to avoid the risk of pupils with limited experience arriving at consensus views of doubtful validity.
  • The provision of genuine equality of opportunity must be inherent in the education our school offers. The 4 – 7 curriculum opportunities will be open to all  Our school will challenge any gender stereotyping, which leads to constraints on the development of pupils' abilities and aspirations and will include the opportunity to study multicultural issues as an intrinsic part of all programmes and teaching.
  • Our school will demonstrate the unacceptability of attitudes, incidents, taunts or remarks that give offence, intimidate, devalue another's view or opinion, or undermine another's self-esteem.
  • More specifically this means the following codes of practice for governors and staff, pupils, parents and carers, visitors and contract staff:
  • Staff will treat each other and all pupils with respect.
  • Staff will examine the ideas and images in books and other resources and will challenge negative images and give all pupils positive images
  • Policies in our school will reflect its multi-ethnic, population.
  • Attendance at in-service training courses on equal opportunities will be encouraged. Staff will make every effort to understand the origins and nature of racism and sexism and to recognise and address their own prejudices.
  • Our school values the fact that many pupils are bilingual and will encourage the teaching and/ or use of community languages.
  • Positive links will be developed with the homes of pupils and communities from which our pupils come.
  • Preventing and dealing with discriminatory behaviour, abuse, bullying and intimidation is the responsibility of us all. Our school will support victims of such incidents, on or off the premises.
  • Appointment and promotion of staff will be made and monitored in accordance with our school's Equal Opportunities Policy for staff selection, appointment and promotion. The governing body will monitor the balance at all levels of gender and ethnicity as well as membership of the governing body.
  • All pupils are valued for themselves and can expect to have their culture and language treated positively and with respect.
  • Pupils will be given the opportunity in the classroom to discuss, identify and understand racism, sexism, bullying and other forms of prejudice at an age-appropriate level.
  • Pupils will be able to contribute to the development of equal opportunities and other school policies through the PSHE curriculum and School Council.
  • If pupils feel they have been abused racially or bullied they should report the matter immediately to their class teacher / Teaching Assistant or Deputy or Assistant Head Teacher. All pupils can expect to be listened to and have their complaints investigated. If a pupil feels her / his complaint has not been properly dealt with s/he may take the matter to the head teacher.
  • Pupils who have suffered racist or sexist behaviour, abuse, bullying or intimidation will be supported by school and, in particular, their class teacher. Anyone who has committed such offences will be appropriately dealt with. In the case of pupils this may include exclusion from our school.
  • All pupils should treat each other and staff with respect.
  • Parents / carers are very important to our school: they have much to contribute to our equal opportunities policies. Their views are welcome and valued at all times. We ask that all parents / carers to support our Equal Opportunities and Racial Equality Policies.
  • Our school will discuss with parents / carers any incidents of racist or sexist abuse or bullying in which their children have been involved.
  • If parents / carers are aware of incidents of racism, sexism or bullying then they should contact their child's class teacher or the appropriate senior member of staff.
  • Any visitors or contract staff visiting or working at our school who become aware of any incidents of racism, sexism or racism should report them to the Headteacher or one of the senior staff. They should also abide by the code of conduct established by school in relation to equal opportunities and racial equality.
  • Our school will issue a code of conduct pamphlet that incorporates the codes outlined above with details of contact personnel to whom to report incidents. Everyone involved with our school will be given a copy (including contractors) and it will be publicly displayed in our school.
  • Our school will operate the policy in respect of all staff appointments and promotions and monitor gender and ethnicity balance of appointments and promotions.
  • All subject teaching and pastoral programmes of study will take into account the objectives and guidelines of this policy.
  • Information will be collected about pupils' performance and progress in all areas of school activity, including racial groupings, to analyse trends that could have an adverse impact on pupils' attainment:
    • admissions and transfer procedures
    • assessment, and subsequent groupings by ability / attainment levels
    • curriculum, teaching and learning (including language and cultural needs)
    • pupil behaviour, discipline, sanctions and reward
    • exclusions (fixed-term and permanent)
    • racism, racial harassment and bullying
    • staff recruitment and career development
    • membership of the governing body
    • parental involvement
    • working with the community
    • support, advice and guidance given by teachers, support staff and external agencies
  • Information will be collected on parental perceptions and targets set to focus on improving levels of satisfaction with the school, thereby reducing complaints.
  • All contraventions of this policy will be treated as disciplinary matters.
  • All racist incidents will be monitored and reported to the Governing Body.
  • This policy is to be monitored by the governing body to ensure its effectiveness through our school's self-review processes.
  • Evidence will be sought to confirm that the policy is promoted effectively to all stakeholders, ensuring that staff, pupils and parents understand and meet their responsibilities.
  • The effectiveness of the policy will be confirmed by its impact upon the raising of all pupils' levels of attainment, together with an increased inclusive atmosphere for all stakeholders and towards particular goals such as strengthening the gender balance at senior level.
  • This policy statement will continue to be discussed with pupils, parents / carers, staff and governors.
  • The revision of the policy will be ongoing, ensuring the involvement and commitment of the whole school community. The statement will be reviewed annually.

 

Reviewed Autumn term, 2016