Co-op Academy Smithies Moor
Equality Policy and Objectives
The Co-op Academy Smithies Moor welcomes its duties under the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act establishes 9 protected characteristics which apply to schools and academies however only the first 7 characteristics apply to pupils:
❖ Gender reassignment
❖ Marriage and civil partnership
❖ Pregnancy and maternity
❖ Religion or belief
❖ Sexual Orientation
Marriage and civil partnership are also protected characteristics under the Equality Act but it’s not covered by the public sector equality duty.
Public Sector Equality Duty (2011)
This policy sets out how Co-op Academy Smithies Moor has paid due regard to the need: ❖ to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act
❖ to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
❖ to foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Specific Duties under the Public Sector Equality Duty
❖ To publish information which demonstrates our compliance with the need to have due regard for the three aims of the General Duty
❖ To prepare specific and measurable objectives which we pursue to achieve the three aims ❖ This scheme sets out the steps the Local Governing Body has taken that will result in improved outcomes for all members of the academy community in all aspects of academy life, taking positive action to promote equality.
Definition of ‘due regard’ and how we aim to comply with the principles of the general duty
1. While making a decision that might affect an equality group, the decision-maker must have regard to the three aims of the Act at the time. This cannot be done in retrospect, nor can it be delegated.
2. The duty is exercised with rigour and with attention to relevant evidence, including that derived from consultation with staff and the wider community.
3. The duty is continuing, so we will revisit it and bear it in mind constantly 4. We will keep records to show that the equality duties have been considered on each occasion
Academy Ethos, Vision and Co-operative Values
At the Co-op Academy Smithies Moor we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, with a particular focus on those who share a protected characteristic. We recognise that treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. We aim to include a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life. Clear links exist in many policies across school with SEND, Behaviour and our ethos and values ranking highly.
What we do
In order to comply with the public duty we have the following procedures in place to ensure that we consider the needs of all of our pupils in everything we do.
i) Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act
ii) Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
iii) Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
❖ We actively engage at the earliest point with new families greeting them warmly and new or prospective parents are given a tour of the academy. At the point of entry we gather information from a range of sources e.g. family, child, previous school or any external agencies.
❖ We track all aspects of a child’s provision and progress through half-termly progress reviews, MSP’s and SEND review systems.
❖ We use observation systems within the academy to ensure all children’s needs are met in lessons
❖ All data is scrutinises in detail so possible vulnerable groups of children are tracked for progress and attainment
❖ We listen and actively engage with families on a daily basis having an open door policy ❖ We review and evaluate the effectiveness of our academy provision
❖ We will actively encourage positive attitudes towards pupils and staff and expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect.
❖ We will take reasonable steps to meet individual pupil’s needs by varying the approach and methods to teaching and plan reasonable adjustments for
disabled pupils, enabling our pupils to take as full a part as possible in all activities in school.
❖ We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure the school environment and activities are as accessible and welcoming as possible for all staff, pupils and visitors.
❖ We will ensure that the curriculum taught, will help to promote awareness of the rights of individuals, to help pupils understand and value diversity, promote common and British values and challenge prejudice and stereotyping.
❖ Through the teaching of the Co-op values we will ensure that we aim to promote understanding and tolerance and prevent harassment and
discrimination against the protected characteristics.
❖ We will monitor the progress and achievements of pupils by the relevant and appropriate protected characteristics. This information will help the school to ensure that individual pupils are achieving, that the school is being inclusive in practice and that trends are identified which inform the setting of equality
objectives in the future.
❖ We will ensure that the curriculum is accessible to all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or those for whom English is not their first language.
❖ We will actively seek the views of advisory staff, outside agencies and partnerships across schools and the Co-op Academies Trust to train staff and to help promote and advance equality.
❖ Bullying and prejudice related incidents will be carefully monitored, recorded and dealt with effectively. Regular training for all staff will be given to ensure they are aware of the process for reporting and following up incidents of
prejudice related bullying.
❖ We will expect that all staff are role models for equal opportunity, deal with bullying and discriminatory incidents and be will able to identify and challenge prejudice and stereotyping.
❖ Throughout the year we will plan on-going events to raise awareness of equality and diversity.
❖ We will consult with all stake-holders i.e. pupils, staff, parents to ensure that the school has wide range of views to ensure that our equality objectives are
Equality Impact Assessment
We evaluate all aspects of the academy life with regard to the protected characteristics by means of an Equality Impact Assessment.
An Equality Impact Assessment is similar to undertaking health and safety risk assessments. It involves predicting and assessing what the implications of a policy or practice will be on groups of people and trying to ensure that they are not unintentionally disadvantaged by the policy or practice.
The Co-op Academy Smithies Moor recognises the importance of taking account of people’s differing experiences, needs and histories, and of the differing challenges and barriers which they may face. Bearing in mind the protected characteristics, consultation with those we have identified as likely to be affected forms part of every Equality Impact Assessment. Primarily we consult with pupils. However we also consult with parents/carers, staff, governors and other school users when appropriate. We consult in the following ways:
❖ We ensure that our academy council represents the views of all equality groups by ensuring that they consult with their classes before decisions are made.
❖ We meet pupils individually to discuss their needs and progress
❖ LAC & SEND children directly contribute to their own review procedures ❖ All children are encouraged to express opinions
❖ Parents are invited to comment on key policies prior to adoption e.g. the Behaviour Policy.
How we measure the impact of any changes
We monitor the ongoing impact of these changes on those who may be affected in the following ways:
❖ Tracking of pupil achievement across the school with an additional focus on equality groups
❖ Track the progress and attainment of Free School Meals, SEND pupils, English as an additional Language and LAC
❖ We act on findings quickly and report actions to the Local Governing Body ❖ Pupil surveys that demonstrate emotional health and well-being, engagement and involvement
❖ We listen parents and act to improve any concerns or issues
Publication and Review
The specific duties under this Act require us to be open and transparent about all our decision making processes, intentions and results.
We review and publish this information and its impact on our pupils through: ❖ An annual report to the Governing Body
❖ Reports on the school website
❖ Meetings with parents
Co-op Academy Smithies Moor Equality Objectives 2020-22
Actions to achieve this objective
Review of progress
To ensure that pupils have consistently high levels of
attendance with a focus on Disadvantaged, SEN and EAL pupils.
-Weekly attendance to be
shared with staff and children
. -Meet regularly with parents of PA children to provide support and challenge around
-Use weekly and half termly rewards to improve attendance for the children.
-Further develop an inspiring curriculum which encourages children to attend school
BCL attendance company to analyse data
Kirklees ASPO and Pastoral manager meeting families regarding attendance concerns.
PA pupils tracked on google sheet and updated weekly by Senior Learning Mentor.
Attendance rewards need to be revisited and a variety of awards offered in relation with progress achieved.
Development of teaching and learning and curriculum offer to ensure high quality.
To ensure that children
belonging to a protected group are not disadvantaged
academically by the use of tracking and assessment data.
-Carefully tracking of attainment and progress for pupils with ‘Protected Characteristics’
-Ensure reasonable adjustments are in place for these children. -Where appropriate work with outside agencies to achieve the best outcomes for these pupils. -Use Pupil Progress Meetings as an opportunity to target the needs of individuals, groups and classes to ensure progress for all.
To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by protected characteristics and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
Pastoral support offer given where needed.
Half termly pupil progress meeting to capture data on protected characteristic groups.
Eliminate any discrimination and promote the equality of pupils with SEND.
-Ensure that the curriculum is inclusive and supports and challenges all pupils including those with SEND to thrive. -Deploy support staff effectively to impact positively on learning for pupils with SEND.
SENd review completed and all curriculum MTP have clear links to SEND expectations.
Pastoral support from two learning mentors to develop the SEMH offer for all.
SEND interventions led by SENDCo and tracked on Provision Maps. Staff deployed to specific areas of expertise across whole school.
Promote understanding and respect for differences.
-Create opportunities in the curriculum to challenge
-Children will study the lives, work and achievements of a range of people from a wide range of black, Asian and
minority ethnic groups and to celebrate diversity.
-Ensure that children explore identity and that all pupils
identities are reflected in their learning environment.
Embedding of PSHE curriculum to the latest version of Jigsaw - impact of this will be carried out through pupil voice, book looks and lesson observations.
Review date: September 2023