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Equality and Diversity
Equalities Duty 2017
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School is a place where learning is without limits for all. We are committed to ensuring that all members of the school community have the opportunity to learn, develop and make progress regardless of membership of any protected group.
The equalities act 2010 requires protection from discrimination for people based on:
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation
As a school we also include socio economic group using pupil premium as an indicator within our equalities analyses and planning.
At EGA we actively promote an ethos where everyone, regardless of background, can achieve their best in whatever field they choose. We are a school with a diverse community and because our students work together and play together they will take this spirit of understanding and tolerance into the community and their adult lives, building the future for us all.
We have a broad curriculum offer where we strive to meet the interests and needs of all our learners and maximises the number and range of subjects students can study. In lessons all students are challenged to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world. In tutor time students are encouraged to discuss key issues, so sharing and understanding a range of perspectives. School events celebrate success and progress in all its forms and celebrate the diversity of our population. Parents work in partnership with the school and a range of events are held for all parents and for groups of parents who have particular shared interests. As a school we use a restorative approach if any individual shows intolerant behaviour. This is based on an approach that education changes understanding and so behaviour.
We routinely collect and analyse information about the school community which is used to inform development priorities ensuring we pay due regard to the opportunity and progress of all protected groups. Outcomes and development plans are scrutinised routinely by governors to ensure we meet our equalities’ requirements.
Our key equality challenges
Our equality challenges arise from our routine scrutiny of student progress data.
1. To ensure that students from all groups make progress that shows we add value to their learning.
2. Aspiration amongst all groups being such that students select option choices that maximise their future opportunities covering the spectrum of subject areas, including the creative subjects.
More detailed information follows:
Information about the student population
Islington has one of the highest proportions of children living in poverty, both nationally and in London, and many of our students come from families who face significant disadvantages.
The profile of our school community is diverse and changes year on year as our school continues to become the first choice for families in the area.
As a school we have available the following information, most is reported by Parents/Carers at interview:
• Students with disabilities.
• Student ethnicity,
• Language/s spoken by the student and at home
• Religious belief.
• Special educational needs
• Vulnerable students who need additional support, including those who are looked after, those subject to a child protection plan and those with a health care plan.
We regard some information in relation to the protected characteristics as sensitive. We do not discriminate against students who are pregnant or who are young mothers, and have procedures in place so they can continue and return to learning. We are aware that some of our students may have experience of, or be at risk of, gender specific harm such as honour based violence, FGM or forced marriage and have procedures in place to support students where needed. It is not always appropriate for the school to collect information from students, for example about their gender identity and sexual orientation. We are aware that there may be equality issues for lesbian and bisexual students, as well as those who are undergoing or who have undergone a reassignment of their gender including those who may wish to identify themselves but may not do so for fear of possible discriminatory behaviour they may encounter both in and out of school.
We raise awareness of all the above with students in a tolerant and supportive way informing students of individual rights and responsibilities and signposting the variety of support services available. Individual students who experience difficulties are well supported by the school pastoral structure.
How we have due regard for equality
The information provided here aims to show that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do in the school. We are committed to advancing equality for all our students.
a. Eliminating discrimination
Below are listed some of the policies and practices in place that help us show due regard to the need to ‘eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act’. The school does not tolerate bullying in any form and deals effectively with all incidents.
• Equalities Policy
• Child Protection Policy
• Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy
• Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural Development Policy
• Disciplinary Policy
• Admission procedures
•Monitoring procedures for incidents including incidents of: Harassment, exclusion, attendance, progress and achievement.
• Complaints procedure
• Non-discriminatory employment practice
• Continuing Professional Development
b. Advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations
For all students, including protected groups, we:
• Deliver quality learning that challenges thinking and stereotypes.
• Ensure there is a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available.
• Raise aspirations through the curriculum, information and guidance provided and the
setting of aspirational targets.
• Celebrate events that raise awareness and tolerance such as International Women’s Day (IWD), Black History Month (BHM), Refugee Week , European Day of Languages.
• Promoting the Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all our students.
• Provide a supportive pastoral structure which students feel confident to access as needed.
• Provide quality information, guidance and experiences about progression and career pathways enabling students to consider and strive for all routes available to them.
• Monitor attainment, attendance and progress intervening as needed to maximise individual success regardless of group.
• Make reasonable adjustment to the curriculum to support engagement access and achievement
• Put in place support, as appropriate in lessons and around the school
• Brief staff, as appropriate, about how to ensure student needs are met
• Ensure there is ongoing professional development in place.
We are committed to advancing equality for people with and without disabilities. The building is accessible for disabled students, staff and members of the community.
Ethnicity and race (including EAL learners)
We are committed to advancing equality for all ethnic groups. Students who speak an additional language can be entered for a GCSE in that language (where a qualification is available)
We are committed to advancing gender equality for our students when they leave the school and join further education and the world of work. We work in partnership with other organisations, including FE and HE institutions to develop innovative and inventive ways of tackling gender segregation in subject and career choice.
Religion and belief
We are committed to advancing equality for all faiths, and for those who do not belong to any religion. We have a multi faith contemplation space available. Our catering service meets the dietary needs of all of our school community. Student representatives have attended borough-led Youth SACRE events so they can influence the focus and decisions of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)
We are committed to advancing equality for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI). As part of our PSHE program there is work on diversity, planned with colleagues from across Islington.
Children from low income families
We are committed to working for equality for students from low income families. Funds are made available to support school trips and uniform.
The impact of our work and next steps:
Examination results have continued to improve across all groups within the school. Our most recent Ofsted inspection judged us to be an outstanding school. This does not mean that we are complacent. We continue to strive to improve our practice in all areas and enhance our monitoring of individual pupil progress so that we can put in place better support to all students earlier so improving student outcomes.
Our equality objectives
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives at least every four years. We aim to address areas where we have identified a need to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages.
We regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.
1. To ensure the value added figures for all groups of students, including those entitled in receipt of pupil premium, show similarly high scores – This will be shown by year on year analysis of examination results.
2. To ensure that all students making option choices select a broad and balanced range of subjects. This will mean that in results we will see an increase in the number of students, across protected groups, who include triple science, the English baccalaureate subjects and a creative subject in their choices.
Consultation and engagement
We aim to engage and consult with students, staff, parents and carers and the local community in order to improve our information, learn about the impact of our policies, develop our equality objectives and improve what we do. Consultation with students includes the year and school councils and pupil discussion groups as part of school based reviews. Parents consultation includes the parent governors and parent workshops.
For further equalities information, such as the following statistical data:
• Examination results analysed by: Ethnicity, pupil premium, prior attainment, special educational needs, disability and children who are looked after. (Available from the end of September in any academic year)
• Student profile information by: Ethnicity, free school meals, special educational needs, disability and children who are looked after.
Evelyn Markey (PA to the Executive Headteacher) by email at: evelyn. firstname.lastname@example.org