St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
This equality statement complies with advice set out in the 2010 Equality Act and should be read in conjunction with the school Equality Policy.
Our equality objectives 2018-19 were:
- To continue 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
- To continue to monitor levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
- To continue to increase children’s leadership of promoting healthy lifestyles and keeping fit.
- To continue to increase the level of pupil voice by ensuring a fair representation of all pupils on student bodies, and in this way to foster good relationships in the school between those who have protected characteristics and those who do not
The impact has been:
- We have a Pupil Premium Strategy based around the seven building blocks identified by the NFER; this means we base our strategy on having high expectations for all; addressing behaviour and attendance; ensuring high quality teaching for all; addressing individual needs; effective deployment of staff and clear and responsive leadership. Progress and attainment for all groups are monitored and where trends have been identified, targets have been set. We offer free places at after school clubs for children in receipt of free school meals; subsidise school trips and residential trips and offer free spaces and breakfast club. We have provided free spaces for other extra-curricular activities where wealth may be a barrier to participation, including lunchtime Active Fun club to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
- Parental engagement has been actively encouraged throughout the year; Join your child’s maths/English/Science/Art/RE lesson, personal invitations to liturgies, open-school events, curriculum information evenings, whole school events and celebrations, Parent Consultations, Coffee Mornings, Thank-You tea parties for parent helpers. Engagement is high and members of all groups have been represented. Where barriers have been identified to pupil access to activities beyond the classroom, these have been addressed resulting in all children being able to access all events throughout the year.
- We offer a wide range of sporting extra-curricular clubs and join in with all sporting events around the town. Our science and PSHE curriculums teach children about making healthy lifestyle choice and how to do this. Older pupils have joined younger pupils during play and curriculum PE to support and lead their physical activity. We have invited an international sports person into school for a sponsored event, raising money for extra playground equipment to promote healthy, active play. We will need to continue with this target next year as pupil leadership of these activities needs to further increase.
- Fair representation has been given to all groups of children, including those with protected characteristics. This has been supported by an increase in the number of opportunities to represent the school and differing student bodies where student voice is felt; Subject Ambassadors, Bronze Ambassadors, School Council, House Captains, Prefects, Form Captains, Playground Friends, Bluebird Club,
Our equality objectives 2020-21 are:
- In response to COVID-19 and national school closures (Mar 20 – Jul 20), 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 and their families.
- In response to COVID-19 and national school closures (Mar 20 – Jul 20), and the possibility of continued disruption to education, monitor levels of parental and pupil engagement in home learning to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
- To deliver a full and comprehension RHSE curriculum alongside a whole-school focus on mental health and wellbeing following COVID-19 and national school closures (Mar 20 – Jul 20) and continued disruption to education.