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Equality Objectives – 2015

Whatever the nature of the local community, pupils are growing up in a wider multicultural and multiracial society where they are subject to various attitudes towards minority groups, and also certain images of these groups portrayed by the media. The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the school’s Inclusion Policy.

Equality Act 2010
The equality act protects people from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’. Every person has several of the protected characteristics so the act protects everyone from unfair treatment.
In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on some protected characteristics of their pupils. These include:
• Disability
• Ethnicity and Race
• Gender
• Religion and Belief

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of data and other evidence. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantage.

Our current equality objectives are:
• Promotion of cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
• Monitoring and promotion of the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, especially students with special educational needs and disabilities.
• Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially students eligible for pupil premium, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students with English as an additional language
• Continue to improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.

Progress to date:
• We have made changes to the Reception base which has had a positive impact upon the acoustics and improved the classroom environment.
• RAISE online data tracking tool indicates that the vulnerable pupils in the school make good progress.
• The school has implemented a graduated response to pupil’s needs which uses a clear 4 part cycle to plan for, meet and review children’s additional needs.
• The school continues to work with Achievement for All raising the attainment, access and aspirations of our vulnerable learners.

We aim to engage and consult with pupil, staff, parents and carers, the local community so we can improve our information, learn about the impact of our policies, develop our equality objectives and improve what we do. Remember, if you wish to e-mail any suggestions or comments, you can use the dedicated e-mail service – parentsvoice@fernfirst.dorset.sch.uk.


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