Equal Opportunities, Equality Objectives and Equality Duty

Public Sector Equality Duty 

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) , part of the Equality Act, came into force in April 2011. It requires organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. The duty has a key role to play in making sure that fairness is at the heart of public bodies' work and that public services meet the needs of different groups. It covers a range of public bodies, including academies, schools, NHS organisations, government departments, local authorities and police authorities

Section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 puts various requirements on academies when exercising their functions. The general duty requires academies to have due regard to:

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

Having 'due regard' means consciously thinking about the three aims of the PSED as part of the process of decision making. This means that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by academies such as:

  • how they act as employers
  • how they develope, evaluate and review policy
  • how they design, deliver and evaluate services
  • how they commission and procure others

A copy of the Trust's Single Equality Policy can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

 

Equality at Excalibur School

The governing board of Excalibur Primary School will

  • Ensure that equality information and objectives are published on this page and communicated through school, including to staff, pupils and parents, and that they are reviewed and updated at least once every four years
  • Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the headteacher

Excalibur  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 2020/21
 
Number of pupils on roll at the school: 215
Age of pupils: 4 to 11

 
Information on pupils by protected characteristics


The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. As every person has several of the protected characteristics,  the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.
 

The school collects information on protected characteristics as listed below.  

Race/Ethnicity

%

Any other ethnic background

0.46

Any  other Asian background

0.46

Any other mixed background

2.32

Any other White background

0.46

Bangladeshi

0.46

Chinese

0.46

White - British

91.2

White - Irish

1.4

White and Asian

2.3

White and Black African

0.46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender: 51.2% male, 48.8% female

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM): 4.65 %

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Finding – Disadvantage group: 4.2%

Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 17.8 %

Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL): 0.46 %

Looked after children: 0.46%

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.

 

Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act

The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at Excalibur 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, bullying prevention policy and  Kiva work 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 have the opportunity to access extra-curricular activities
  • 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
  • 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 Excalibur Primary School is seen as part of the Alsager community
  • Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.

 

Equality Objectives (January 2021)

 
At Excalibur 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.
 
In order 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 vulnerable learners.
 
Objective 3: To promote understanding and respect for differences

The local governing board will monitor these objectives on a half termly basis.

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Contact the School

Excalibur Primary School

Ivy Lane
Alsager
ST7 2RQ

Tel: 01270 845781
Fax: Out of Hours Club - 01270 845786
Contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Anna McArdle and Heather Taylor

SEN Email: senco@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk