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Fairchildes Academy Community Trust

Fairchildes Academy Community Trust

Equality Duty

In line with the Equality Act 2010, Fairchildes Primary School is committed to equality of opportunities for all pupils, staff and governors and will work to the principles of equal opportunities throughout all its activities. We believe that everyone in our school is of equal value and should be treated fairly. In order to achieve this, we aim to provide an education and school experience which is free from discrimination on the grounds of race, ability, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

We are committed to challenging and preventing discrimination, whether it occurs directly or indirectly. We treat each other equally, with dignity and respect, and seek to promote equality at all times.

We actively promote positive values and attitudes regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disability within the school and wider community.

At Fairchildes:

  • Teachers plan differentiated learning experiences which meet the needs of all pupils and which enable all pupils to reach their full potential.
  • Children are given the necessary additional resources (human and material) to meet their needs, including Gifted and Talented (G&T) and pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
  • Staff run extra curriculum programmes which meet the needs of a range of pupils and which support the taught curriculum, including booster classes etc.
  • Data, including attainment and attendance is monitored by ability, gender and ethnicity.
  • Staff ensure that all efforts are made to make the school site physically accessible to adults and children.
  • Staff liaise with other agencies including health services, social services, speech therapy etc. to meet the needs of pupils with disabilities.
  • Senior staff ensure that training opportunities exist for all staff.
  • Staff ensure that all school policies and Religious Education plans take account of the needs of the different religious groups.
  • Staff ensure that school resources, including displays, books and posters, positively reflect the school’s diversity.
  • Staff ensure that we accept and support religious practices when they impinge on school life e.g. acknowledge the needs of pupils who are fasting; authorise absence due to religious festivals
  • Staff are proactive in encouraging parents into school, not only to support their child’s needs but parents are also encouraged to join social groups at school or improve their own career chances through additional training.

At the heart of the school is the shared commitment to the individual child and their specific needs. Everything the school does ensures that no child is left behind. Each part of the support is carefully planned and measured for its impact on the pupil’s well-being and also their academic achievement. This reflects the school’s firm commitment to tackling discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity. As a result, all groups of pupils make outstanding progress. OFSTED 2012

Fairchildes Governing Body will:

  1. Take specific action to address any differences between groups with "protected characteristics"* in their attainment and progress and in the use of disciplinary measures against them.
  2. Maintain positive staff morale and performance by giving all groups the opportunity and support to develop their skills and knowledge.
  3. Take specific action to encourage parents to be active participants in their children’s education.
  4. Promote a positive, inclusive environment, based on respect for people’s differences and show commitment to challenging and preventing racism and discrimination.

* The Equality Act 2010 classifies "protected characteristics" as: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Gender and ethnicity of the current governing body:

Ethnicity Male Female
White British 1 4
Black African 0 3
White and Asian 0 1
Any other Asian background 0 1

Gender and ethnicity of teachers:

Ethnicity Male Female
White British 2 15
Asian and White 1 1
Black African 0 2
Black Caribbean 0 1
Any other white background 0 1

SATs Results

Pupils are encouraged to join as many after school clubs as possible.
There are plenty to choose from including:

  •  Football
  •  Athletics
  •  Netball
  •  Cross country
  •  Street dance
  •  Steel band
  •  Choir
  •  Maths club
  •  Drama
  •  Film club
  •  Cooking
  •  Science club
  •  Homework club
  • Skateboarding
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Card club

Pupils speak very highly of the counselling support offered through the ‘Place2Be’. This confidential service run by specialist staff provides opportunities for pupils to discuss matters that are worrying them, and helps to resolve these difficulties. As one pupil said, ‘If you are feeling down we have the Place2Be so you can discuss how you feel.’ Support is also offered to parents and carers who also value this service.
We appreciate that families often go through difficult times. OFSTED 2012

 

Our Inclusion Team are there to support all pupils and their families. The team consists of:

  • P2b counselling
  • Mentors
  • EAL team
  • Attendance Coordinator
  • Breakfast and After School Club Coordinators
  • Reading Team
  • Speech and Language Team

Every two years all members of our school community are given a questionnaire, here are some of the results:

  1. All governors feel that the pupils, staff and parents contributions are valued.
  2. 94% of pupils said that their teacher treats everybody fairly.
  3. 94% of parents felt the extended services including breakfast club and after school club were good or better.
  4. 100% of the teaching staff feel that the contributions of pupils, staff and parents are listened to.
  5. 100% of the maintenance staff feel that they are trained enough.
  6. 100% of the dinner supervisor feel they are part of the whole school team.
  7. 100% of nursery nurses agree that school caters for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs of its pupils.
  8. 100% of pastoral support workers feel that behaviour is good and bullying is not tolerated.
  9. 100% of teaching assistants feel that school decision making is an open participatory process.

Click the link below to view a list of school policies:

School Policies

Fairchildes Equality Objectives for 2015-2016

1. Surveys and discussions have shown us that not all of our pupils feel safe online.  Our aim is help these pupils become more aware of their own safety when accessing the internet and to help parents improve their own skills in order to keep their children safe.

2. Improve the amount of progress made by those children who are classified as middle achievers. Our aim is to ensure that a higher proportion of pupils gaining a level 3 at Key Stage 1 and Level 5+ at Key Stage 2.  Middle achievers are to be targeted for additional support; their work will be monitored closely to ensure that good progress is made and targeted intervention will be added to ensure success.

3. We appreciate that children do well when they come from happy homes. Often parents struggle need support themselves. We want Fairchildes to be a place that parents are confident and comfortable to come to when looking for support for their children and themselves. We want parent couselling to be part of everyday life at Fairchildes.