The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
St Matthew’s CE Primary is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth. Our vision for our pupils is for them to celebrate difference and diversity, to respect different points of view and show kindness to all.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
- All learners are of equal value
- We recognise and respect difference
- We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
- We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
- We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
- We have the highest expectations of all our children.
At St Matthew’s CE Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all children, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.
In order to further support children, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
PROMOTING EQUALITY – ACHIEVEMENT: To stop and reverse the gender gap in KS2 writing outcomes so that the progress and attainment of boys in KS2 writing is in line with girls.
PROMOTING EQUALITY – CURRICULUM: To weave equality and diversity through St Matthew’s new ‘Shine Curriculum’ so that all pupils are able to celebrate difference and diversity.
PROMOTING EQUALITY – ACHIEVEMENT: Improve the quality of assessment and support for pupils in all vulnerable groups in the classroom to lead to improved outcomes at the end of each Key Stage.
PROMOTING EQUALITY – COUNTERING AND CHALLENGING HARASSMENT AND BULLYING: Revisit and review the school’s Anti-Bullying Agreement to ensure bullying is dealt with swiftly and, at all stages, in partnership with children and parents.