Falla Park Community Primary School

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Equality Statement – Equality Information and Objectives

Our School Commitment

Falla Park Community Primary School aims to meet its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by having due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected
    characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a
    protected characteristic and people who do not share it

The Protected Characteristics that apply to schools are:

  • Age (in relation to staff only)
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership (in relation to staff only)
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion Faith or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

As a Governing Body and employer, we will also not accept any of the following:

  • Direct or Indirect Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation


Legislation and Guidance

This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:

This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Governing Body will:

  • Ensure that the equality information and objectives as set out in this statement are published and communicated throughout the school, including to staff, pupils and parents
  • Ensure that the published equality information is updated at least every year, and that the objectives are reviewed and updated at least every 4 years
  • Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the Head Teacher

The Head Teacher will:

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives among staff and pupils
  • Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to governors

All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives

Eliminating Discrimination

  • The school is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and complies with non-discrimination provisions
  • Where relevant, our policies include reference to the importance of avoiding discrimination and other prohibited conduct
  • Staff and governors are regularly reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act – for example, during meetings. Where this has been discussed during a meeting it is recorded in the meeting minutes
  • New staff receive training on the Equality Act as part of their induction, and all staff receive refresher training every September

Advancing Equality Opportunities

As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people that are connected to a particular characteristic they have (e.g. pupils with disabilities, or gay pupils who are being subjected to homophobic bullying)
  • Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic (e.g. enabling Muslim pupils to pray at prescribed times)
  • Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities including breakfast club, extra-curricular clubs, school visits, residential visits, sports activities and festival and music tuition
  • Raising aspirations and challenging perceptions of the local area and also the wider world and the opportunity it offers

In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:

  • Publish attainment data each academic year showing how pupils with different characteristics are performing
  • Analyse the above data to determine strengths and areas for improvement
  • Analyse participation data of pupils with different characteristics across the range of activities they participate in
  • Make evidence available identifying improvements for specific groups (e.g. declines in incidents of homophobic or transphobic bullying)


Fostering Good Relations

Falla Park Community Primary School aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:

  • Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes teaching in RE, citizenship and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, but also activities in other curriculum areas
  • Holding assemblies dealing with relevant issues. Pupils will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute
  • Working with our local community. This includes inviting leaders of local faith groups to speak at assemblies, and organising school trips and activities based around the local community
  • Encouraging and implementing initiatives to deal with tensions between different groups of pupils within the school. For example, our school council has representatives from different year groups and is formed of pupils from a range of backgrounds. All pupils are encouraged to participate in the school’s activities, such as sports clubs. We also work with parents to promote knowledge and understanding of different cultures
  • We have developed links with people and groups who have specialist knowledge about particular characteristics, which helps inform and develop our approach


Equality Considerations in Decision Making

The school ensures it has due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made. The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups. For example, when a school trip or activity is being planned, the school considers whether the trip:

  • Cuts across any religious holidays
  • Is accessible to pupils with disabilities
  • Has equivalent facilities for boys and girls

The school actively considers our equality duties and asked ourselves relevant questions on a regular basis when planning and risk assessing school visits and activities.

Equality Information and Objectives (see Policies section)
Accessibility Policy & Plan (see Policies section)

For more information please contact:

Miss Carr  (Head Teacher with responsibility for equality issues)
Tel: 0191 4334011
Email: fallaparkcommunityprimaryschool@gateshead.gov.uk

Victoria Beattie  (Member of governing body with responsibility for equality issues)
Please contact the school for details.

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