The School Population
- West Kidlington Primary School is multicultural; the percentage of the school population with other than English believed to be a child’s first language is consistently above the national percentage
- The population consists of over 10 different ethnicities
- During the last 3 years there has been an increase in the number of children from the European Union
- The school population represents approximately 9 different religions
- The school adheres to statutory equal opportunities procedures when recruiting and promoting staff
- The SEN team, alongside the Senior Leadership Team, have responsibility for overseeing and reviewing equality procedures
- A member of the Governing Body has a delegated responsibility for equality procedures within the school
- Before introducing important new policies or measures, the school carefully assesses their potential impact on equalities
- The school has rigorous safeguarding policies in place including procedures to tackle bullying in all forms
- The school has a clear disability accessibility plan in place
- There is coverage within the curriculum to promote each child’s understanding of equalities issues including community cohesion, gender roles, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Curriculum resources represent a variety of ethnicities, religions and cultural backgrounds
- All reasonable adjustments are made to ensure the school’s physical environment is suitable for all students.
Consultation and Involvement
- The school has procedures for finding out how pupils think and feel about the school and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding
- The school has procedures for consulting and involving parents and carers in all aspects of school life and has due regard for the Equality Act when responding
- The school uses a variety of data sources to rigorously track the attainment and achievement of all groups of children including but not limited to gender, ethnicity and disability
- If the school identify an underachieving group of children, additional measures are put in place to enable each child to reach their potential
A new Equality Act began in 2010. This replaced:
- Disability Discrimination Act
- Race Relations Act
- Sex Discrimination Act
The new act gave schools a public sector equality duty (PSED) to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. There are 8 protected characteristics: race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and age.
The protected characteristic that concerns predominantly, but not exclusively, to a junior school, is disability.
The Equality Act demands, that from September 2012, schools and LAs have a duty to supply auxiliary aids and services, for disabled students, as reasonable adjustments, where they are not being supplied through SEN statements or from other sources.
What can be classified as a disability?
There is no exhaustive list of conditions that qualify as a disability as the focus is on the effect the impairment has. While some impairments, particularly visible ones, are easy to identify, there are many which are not so immediately obvious. Conditions that can qualify are:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Difficulties
- Mental health conditions including OCD depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and some self-harming