Rowdown 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.
- 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 or support (or both) to meet their needs, including Gifted and Talented (G&T) and pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
- Staff run extra curriculum activities, which meet the needs of a range of pupils and which support the taught curriculum.
- 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 and other agencies, 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, when appropriate permission is requested.
- 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.
Rowdown Governing Body will:
- 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.
- Maintain positive staff morale and performance by giving all groups the opportunity and support to develop their skills and knowledge.
- Take specific action to encourage parents to be active participants in their children’s education.
- 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
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gender and ethnicity of teachers
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Pupils are encouraged to join as many after school clubs as possible.
There are plenty to choose from including:
- Film Club
- French Club
- Multi-sports (all ages)
- Football (Boys)
- Football (Girls)
- Ball skills
- Cross Stitch
- Arts Mastery
Our Inclusion Team are there to support all pupils and their families. The team consists of:
- SPIL counselling
- EAL team
- Attendance Coordinator
- Breakfast Club Coordinator
- Speech and Language Team
Every two years all members of our school community are given a questionnaire, here are some of the results:
- 91% of our parents think that the general level of education offered at the school is at least good
- 88% of parents feel that the school is well led and managed
- 93% of parents feel that the teaching at Rowdown is at least good
- 85% feel that the school's provision for children with additional needs is at least good
Rowdown Equality Objectives for 2019-2020
1. To close the attainment and progress gap between boys and girls. Research nationally shows that there is a 10% gap in attainment between boys and girls across literacy and numeracy, Rowdown data shows the same. This year we are focussing on changing the mindset of our boys and their parents and the expectations that teachers have for their boys. The curriculum is boy friendly and our boys are afforded the same opportunities as our girls, we therefore believe that it is a mindset.
2. New Addington is an area with a high deprivation index. The Vine foodbank, run by the Salvation Army, is often a necessity for families on the estate. This year, Rowdown will work closely with the Vine Foodbank. The children will learn the value of supporting others less fortunate. Not only will they collect food but they will also learn about the distribution, the types of families who use the food bank and how it's organised.
3. In order to improve the health and physical fitness of our families we are working with the Healthy Eagles team this year who provide coaches to work with targeted families on leading a healthy lifestyle.