Equality Objectives

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Equality objectives 2021 – 2025

Year 1 of 4 (2022) evaluation

Objective 1: To eliminate bias or discrimination due to Mental Health.

Why we have chosen this objective: Significant progress has been made in this area in the last two years, as part of the Mental Health for Schools Award, but we still feel that in our community, there is further work to do and that pupils and their families experience some degree of bias based on mental health difficulties.

To achieve this objective we plan to:

  1. Become a menopause aware organisation.
  2. Introduce wellbeing coaching buddies (for new staff to start with)
  3. Become a trauma sensitive organisation.
  4. Introduce a pupil mental health champion.
  5. Strengthen Year 6 to Year 7 transition – nurture focus.

Progress we are making towards this objective: completed Summer 2022

  1. We are now a menopause and endometriosis aware employer. The wellbeing committee led training in July 22 to raise awareness of both menopause and endometriosis – all staff attended the training, as did our wellbeing governor.
  2. Peer coaching triads have been introduced as a trial in KS2, as part of an NPQLTD project, these will be groups will be implemented across the school next year. A wellbeing coaching buddy will be in place for a new teacher who starts in September. 5 members of staff currently completing their NPQs and 2 who will be next year have access to an internal coach, wellbeing in part of the focus of discussions.
  3. The inclusion team have taken part in the beacon house trauma aware professionals training and emotional regulation training – this has been cascaded to staff (teachers and education based support staff) in 4 PDMs this year. The behaviour regulation policy has been reviewed by a behaviour working group and significant changes made to ensure that we are a trauma sensitive organisation. The key change is the introduction of a new five step process for all staff to follow ( Prevent, Pre-empt, De-escalate, Consequence, Responsibility, Recover and Repair).
  4. An ambassador was appointed as pupil mental health champion and reviewed the SEMH policy.
  5. Transition activities were able to resume with secondary settings, following two years without. They have had access to secondary staff and pupils to speak with in our setting, a two-day visit to their new setting and a transition unit, which is being led up across the city by one of our Year 6 teachers.

Next steps:

  • Wellbeing governor to use their budget to purchase emergency sanitary products for staff.
  • Wellbeing policy to be updated to add in agreed actions from the wellbeing committee.
  • An external coach will be accessed for the HTs and SBM next year.
  • New behaviour policy to be introduced – PDM and support for staff to be provided
  • Year 6 to elect two pupil mental health champions, rather than the staff choosing. Continue to review all mental health and wellbeing support in the school. Take feedback on the new behaviour policy.

 

Objective 2: To eliminate bias or discrimination due to culture or background.

 Why we have chosen this objective: Progress has been made in this area, since the introduction of Jigsaw in 2016, but we still feel that in our community, there is further work to do and that some pupils use ‘casual’ comments that are of a discriminatory nature. When audited, school literature lacked a wide range of positive representation of all cultures, that challenged stereotypes.

To achieve this objective we plan to:

  1. Invest in new literature for the school library, ensuring positive representation of a wide range of cultures.
  2. Have a zero-tolerance policy of ‘casual’ comments that are of a discriminatory nature.
  3. Sensitively, yet firmly challenge all stereotypical views expressed.

Progress we are making towards this objective: completed Summer 2022

  1. The library has been updated and now contains sections of literature to represent each of the areas of the equality objectives, this ensure appropriate representation in our library.
  2. ‘Casual’ have been addressed as teaching points by all staff this year and staff have been supported to consider any unconscious bias.
  3. Stereotypical views have been challenged when raised by pupils – this needs to continue as at times these views are from the home

Next steps:

  • Continue to be mindful of equal representation in books purchased for the classrooms and in displays around the school.
  • To continue to focus on unconscious boas and begin focusing on microaggressions – PDM time to address this.
  • Continue to challenge stereotypical views that may be expressed.

 

Objective 3: To eliminate bias or discrimination due to gender

Why we have chosen this objective: Progress has been made in this area, since the introduction of Jigsaw in 2016 and through staff training, but we still feel that in our community, there is further work to do and that some pupils express stereotypical views or language that is discriminatory in nature. When audited, school literature lacked a wide range of positive representation of differing gender roles and the wide range of family types that are representative of our community.

To achieve this objective we plan to:

  1. Invest in new literature for the school library, ensuring positive representation of a wide gender roles and family types.
  2. Have a zero-tolerance policy of ‘casual’ comments that are of a discriminatory nature.
  3. Sensitively, yet firmly challenge all stereotypical views expressed.
  4. Staff and pupils to consider and implement changes to make the school more gender neutral e.g. Sport Day.

Progress we are making towards this objective: completed Summer 2022

  1. The library has been updated and now contains sections of literature to represent each of the areas of the equality objectives, this ensure appropriate representation in our library.
  2. ‘Casual’ have been addressed as teaching points by all staff this year and staff have been supported to consider any unconscious bias.
  3. Stereotypical views have been challenged when raised by pupils – this needs to continue as at times these views are from the home.
  4. A whole school gender neutral sports day is now in place.

Next steps:

  • To continue to focus on unconscious boas and begin focusing on microaggressions – PDM time to address this.
  • Continue to challenge stereotypical views that may be expressed.

 

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