Equality Statement

Equality Duty

The Head teacher, Staff and Governors of Frieth CEC school are aware of their responsibility under the Equality Act  2010, which requires schools to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and all other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics- between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

  •          Age
  •          Disability
  •          Gender reassignment
  •          Marriage and Civil Partnership
  •          Pregnancy and Maternity
  •          Race (colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin)
  •          Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  •          Sex (gender)
  •          Sexual Orientation (heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian and bisexual)

The full 'Equalities and Cohesion' Policy is available to download below. 

These following observations taken from our most recent inspections provide evidence of this awareness.

"Frieth is a small rural school which offers a very warm, nurturing and inclusive community atmosphere. Pupils are articulate, confident and display excellent attitudes towards learning, their school and each other. Children are prepared well for life in modern Britain and speak confidently and knowledgeably about different faiths and cultures, recognising diversity and valuing equality."

Ofsted Report 2017

 "Parents know that it is the school’s strong Christian ethos which underpins the drive towards ‘developing potential without limitations’. They feel that the school values all children and families equally, whether or not they are Christians."  

"Everyone in the community is highly valued and respected and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength. Pupils appreciate the many opportunities provided in RE lessons to learn about traditions within the Christian church and about different faiths represented in the wider community."

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) 2016

 Equality Objectives

2019 2020

Development Objective  2

 

To implement the new PSHE and RSE curriculum across the school

Reasons for this development:  Statutory Relationship/RSE and Health Education comes into place in Sep 2020. Schools should be preparing for the statutory changes from Sep 2019.-20.

Success Criteria

 RSE resources and curriculum are approved following consultation with staff, governors, parents and pupils and are in use within the PSHE curriculum.

Teaching and learning in PSHE is strong across the school and linked to our values and the protected characteristics of the Equalities Act 2010

 

Development Objective 8

To retain good practice in RE and raise the achievement of greater depth in RE across the Key Stages.  To monitor the implementation of RE cross the Key Stages.  To continue to build relationships with members of the community from different religious backgrounds.

Reasons for this development: School Curriculum data has identified a need to raise greater depth achievements across the subjects. Catherine Holt identified places of worship with members who would be willing to come in last year but was not able to coincide the visits. School Development Plan has identified a need to monitor the implementation of foundation subjects across the Key Stages, to ensure consistency.

Success Criteria

Learning outcomes and assessment in RE is consistent across the school.

A wider range of visitors from different faiths will be invited into school to talk to the pupils.

 

2018 2019

Development Objective 8

To review and revise the PSHE policy and scheme of work for teaching and learning

To ensure all protected characteristics from the equalities act are positively promoted in school.

Reasons for this development:  A new programme of study for PSHE has been released by the local authority. There have also been advancements made in the literature for primary schools relating to LGBT+ community. The current policy and scheme has been in place for some years and needs to be updated to reflect these new developments.

Success Criteria

New scheme is in place and being used for planning, teaching and learning across the school.

New resources required to support the scheme are incorporated into the classroom teaching.

Teaching and learning in PSHE is strong across the school and linked to our values

 

2017 2018

Development Objective 8

To further develop the celebration of diversity within the British Values programme; the core school values; the curriculum; and resources and displays across the school

Reasons for this development:  The foundations of a good link has been established between us and our link school. This can now be developed further so that the children can continue to learn from the experiences of children in a very different environment

 

 

Success Criteria

Pupils are fully aware of diversity within the local and wider communities and are inclusive in attitude and approach. Diverse texts are used on a regular basis by all staff including within the homework set.

 

2016 2017

Development Objective 20

To ensure that diversity is celebrated more explicitly within the values, curriculum, resources and displays across the school

Reasons for this development:  Radicalisation is an increasing issue within education. Whilst we are a predominantly white British community and extreme radicalisation is not necessarily and immediate threat, we have a duty to promote positive role models and demonstrate that Britain is made up of a wide range of religions, ethnicities and beliefs, but that our core school values are shared within these communities.

 

Success Criteria

 There is a clear ethos of equality of opportunity and diversity within the school and all members of the community work together to discuss and prevent any direct or indirect discrimination and pupils do not tolerate any prejudice. Staff are vigilant and encourage open discussion from pupils.