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Equality at Knaresborough St Johns

Elevate's Accessibility Strategy

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Elevate's Equality Information

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Knaresborough St John's Primary School's Accessibility Plan

Please click here to read Knaresborough St John's Primary School's Accessibility Plan 

 Knaresborough St John's Primary School's Equality Training

The following members of staff have undertaken training in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (SSS Learning Qualification)

  • Alex Hope (Headteacher)
  • Luke Bedford (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Lindsay Richardson (Deputy Headteacher and School SENDCo Lead)
  • Ann Westmoreland (Chair of Governors)
  • Garry Hinchcliffe (Governor)
  • Jack Wilson (Governor)
  • Helen Scott (Class Teacher)
  • Jenny Byers (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
  • Sharon Robinson (School Administrator)
  • Amie Nelson (Office Administrator)
  • Kirsty Gibson (Teaching Assistant)
  • Catherine Smith (Teaching Assistant)

Knaresborough St John's Primary School's Equality Objectives

 In everything we do as a school, we take account of how we can get rid of discrimination, give children an equal chance, and encourage everyone to get along.

 Public Sector Equality Duty (Updated July 2017)

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Knaresborough St John's Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.

Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:

  1. All learners are of equal value
  2. We recognise and respect difference
  3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
  4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
  5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
  6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.

Equality Information

Number of pupils on roll at the school: 326 (January 2022)

Age of pupils: 4 – 11

Information on pupils by protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination based on protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.

To ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.

Information on other groups of pupils

In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:

  • Gender: 53% male, 47% female
  • Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM): 22%
  • Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding – Disadvantage group:  24%
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN): 15%
  • Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL): 4%
  • Young carers: 0.6%
  • Looked after children: 2%
  • Bangladeshi - 0%
  • Black - African - 0%
  • Black Caribbean - 0%
  • Indian - 0.3%
  • Refused - 0%
  • White - British - 93.6%
  • White - Irish - 0.3%
  • White and Asian - 0.3%
  • White and Black   African - 0.6%
  • White and Black   Caribbean - 0.9%
  • White and Asian background - 0.3%
  • Any other Black background 0 %
  • Any other ethnic group - 1.3%
  • Any other mixed background - 0.3%
  • Any other White background - 2.2%

Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act 
Through rigorous tracking and monitoring of individuals and of all the groups of children, including progress and attainment, and by providing equal opportunities to access the curriculum and activities, we aim to ensure that any gap in attainment for pupils within any of the above different groups is removed, or at least remains less than the gap nationally.

The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we consider equality issues in everything that we do at Knaresborough St John's Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.

We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.

We eliminate discrimination by:

  • Adoption of the single Equality Scheme
  • Our behaviour policy ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying
  • Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
  • Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
  • Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
  • Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
  • Ensuring that all pupils could access extra-curricular provision

Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.

Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

We advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Using the information, we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
  • Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development
  • Listening to parents/carers
  • Listening to pupils at all times.

Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

We foster good relations by:

  • Ensuring that Knaresborough St Johns Primary School is seen as a community with Christian values within Knaresborough

Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.

At Knaresborough St John's Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.

To further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives: -

  • Objective 1: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
  • Objective 2: To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for pupils that have English as an additional language as part of the Government's Refugee provision
  • Objective 3: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.