Equality Compliance Information

Equality Information

Number of pupils on roll at the school: 344
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. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics. Our school cohort is comprised of the following groups:

Gender: 52% male, 48% female

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM): 17%

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding – Disadvantage group: 24%

Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND): 11%

Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL): 3%

Young carers: 0%

Looked after children: 1%

*Please note we have not published information about ethnicity and race due to the small numbers of children from these groups attending our school, hence rendering it possible to identify these children.

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 Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils, staff, parents and carers or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.

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

Bowmandale Primary School is an inclusive school where we place equal value on the holistic development, emotional wellbeing 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 aim to create a prejudice-free environment

Bowmandale Primary School believes that by realising the uniqueness of every individual, a greater level of success from children and staff can be achieved. As a school we are absolutely committed to creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident, happy and safe.

Dealing with prejudice

Bowmandale Primary School does not tolerate any form of prejudice-related behaviour. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. If an incident be reported, our school is absolutely committed to ensuring that appropriate action is taken at all times.

Equality in our curriculum

We are committed to providing a balanced and inclusive curriculum. We aim to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions in order to ensure that children learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Through our comprehensive PSHE and RSE framework, challenging and controversial concepts are delivered in a way that prevents discrimination and instead promotes inclusive attitudes.

The equality duty supports good education and improves pupil outcomes. It helps us as a school to identify priorities such as underperformance, poor progression and bullying. It does this by requiring us to collate evidence, take a look at the issues and consider taking action to improve the experience of different groups of pupils. It then helps us to focus on what can be done to tackle these issues and to improve outcomes by developing measurable equality objectives.

At Bowmandale Primary School we have rigorous systems for monitoring educational standards and challenging any underperformance; our responsibility in this equality duty is scheduled as part of this rigorous process.

Promoting equality of opportunity

Under the Equality Act 2010, we are also required to have due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. This includes steps we are taking to tackle disadvantages and meet the needs of particular individuals and groups of pupils.

An inclusive approach

We are committed to working for the equality of people with and without special educational needs and disabilities:

Equality and dignity in the workplace

This information describes how the Governing Body of Bowmandale Primary School intends to fulfill its responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to its workforce. We will have due regard to the need to:

Bowmandale Primary School does not discriminate against staff with regards to their:

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school's various policies relating to equality. We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.

Equality information

We will collect and use equality information to help us to:

Prejudice is not tolerated at Bowmandale Primary School and we are continuously working towards a more accepting and respectful environment for our school community.

Equality, Diversity and Accessibility Documents

Equality and Diversity Policy

Accessibility Plan Spring 2021

Equality Objectives 2021-2024