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 and adapt 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.
FACT Academy Committee 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 Academy Committee
|Any other Asian background
gender and ethnicity of teachers
|White, any other White background
|Any Other Ethnic Background
Pupils are encouraged to join as many after school clubs as possible.
There are plenty to choose from including:
- French Club
- Multi-sports (all ages)
- Football (Boys)
- Football (Girls)
- Ball skills
- 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:
- 93% of our parents say that children are happy at school
- 91% of parents say that the child makes good progress
- 93% of children feel safe at school
- 93% of children feel that if they are worried there are people they can talk to
Rowdown Equality Objectives for 2023/2024
- We will develop a “love of reading” culture throughout the school community through attractive and interactive book corners that celebrate diversity and increasing children’s book and author knowledge through reading assemblies, peered reading activities and daily reading aloud sessions with class teachers. To allow access to more books, we also seek to enrol every child at the local library and run book fair and book swap events.
- Building on the work in last academic year, we will further improve the outcomes for children with SEND, by ensuring that staff receive regular training, that all lessons are adapted to fit the needs of individuals, that support is well planned and targeted and good resources used to ensure that all children make good or better progress.
- We will give all children a voice by developing children’s confidence in speaking aloud in different situations. This follows on from the work we have done as a school on language development and performance skills. We will facilitate opportunities for children to speak clearly, not only in class but also to different audiences. We will raise the profile of our School Council and ensure pupils have a say in what’s happening at Rowdown.