Equality at Bloxham
“The equality duty supports good education and improves pupil outcomes. It helps a school to identify priorities such as underperformance, poor progression, and bullying. It does this by requiring it to collate evidence, take a look at the issues and consider taking action to improve the experience of different groups of pupils. It then helps it to focus on what can be done to tackle these issues and to improve outcomes by developing measurable equality objectives.”
(Equality and Human Rights Commission · www.equalityhumanrights.com)
School Values and Vision
Bloxham CE Primary School is committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, sexual orientation, religion, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
Our six new values, our Bloxham Bs to take us forward in our journey are
- Be diverse, equitable and inclusive
- Be kind and compassionate … show friendship
- Be honest
- Be curious to learn and ambitious to succeed
- Be supported to feel safe by being trustworthy and truthful
- Be creative
Our vision for Bloxham CE Primary is that the school becomes central to its diverse community and for all members to feel included, valued and treated equitably. Nurture and the development of self-worth are fundamental to the Bloxham approach. By modelling kindness, compassion and honesty we support and encourage others to adopt these values. We believe that in supporting our pupils to feel worthwhile, in turn, we support them to feel safe, enabling them to be curious to learn, ambitious to succeed and have the confidence to be creative.
Be . Build . Become
How does Bloxham CE Primary School comply with the public sector equality duty?
Bloxham CE Primary School looks at performance gaps between groups of pupils when analysing school data. We focus on girls and boys, children attracting pupil premium, children with SEN and children with English as an additional language.
When looking at outcomes for pupils staff consider intervention and support, which will be needed to narrow the gap. At Bloxham CE Primary we use a variety of information including data analysis, lesson observations and discussions with pupils, parents and carers.
Participation in school life
At Bloxham CE Primary we are continually looking for ways to enable our pupils to maximise their enjoyment of and participation in school life. Teachers not only identify the children’s needs academically but also their emotional needs and wellbeing taking into consideration the wider environment for example, home situation, historical events in the pupils’ lives and additional physical needs. Well organising school events and trips, Bloxham CE Primary takes into consideration the financial capacity of parents including where required and financially viable subsidising places visits to ensure all pupils have access to the same opportunities.
Engage effectively in learning
Consideration is given to outside influences that may result in pupils and their families being unable to engage fully in school life. For example how information is shared with parents, the impact of transport and finance and other home factors which may detrimentally influence outcomes for pupils. Our nurture team work closely with pupils to support them and form positive relationships with their families.
How do we eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity?
Bloxham CE Primary school is committed to ensuring that members of the school community do not become victims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. We have a series of HR policies and procedures in place to support us with this in relation to staffing as well as policies relating to pupils and their families:
· Accessibility policy
· Anti-bullying policy
· Behaviour policy
· Child protection policy
· Charging and Remissions
· Collective worship policy
· Data protection policy
· Equal opportunities policy
· Equality objectives
· Looked After and Vulnerable children policy
· Safeguarding policy
· Safer recruitment policy
· SEND policy