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Equality Statement and Objectives

Equalities Statement

At Lytham Hall Park Primary School we are committed to:

  • promoting equality of opportunity
  • eliminating discrimination and harassment
  • valuing diversity and promoting positive relationships
  • providing an inclusive education which enables all pupils to develop their full potential
  • meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
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The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination legislation with a single Act. The Equality Duty is set out in section 149 of the Act. It replaces the three previous public sector equality duties – for race, disability and gender – and covers the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

 

We ensure that we have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who don’t
  • foster good relations between people who share a characteristic and those who don’t.


The Governing Body will ensure, that in the cycle of policy reviews, that policies and practices are scrutinised to identify the effects they have on individuals or groups of people in relation to equality.

 

Aims of the School

At Lytham Hall Park Primary School we aim to nurture and maximise the full learning potential of each child, and foster their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. We want our children to be happy, healthy and successful, within our school family.

We aim:

  • to create a happy, safe and caring environment;
  • to value each child for his or her individual talents;
  • to help children to learn that courtesy, good manners and consideration for others are important qualities
  • to promote good relationships between pupils and adults in a happy and harmonious community where good relationships are underpinned by mutual respect and kindness. To treat all fairly and listen to others sympathetically and attentively;
  • to develop children who have respect and strive for high standards in their appearance, learning and behaviour;
  • to prepare our children for the responsibility and experiences of adult life to enable them to develop as well rounded members of society within the world in which they will live;
  • to expect and maintain high standards of behaviour, courtesy and politeness at all levels so that all are treated well;
  • to be an inclusive school and to establish practice which ensures, in all aspects of our work, that every pupil is given equality of opportunity, regardless of gender, special needs, disability or race;
  • to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality, treating our pupils as individuals and to differentiate teaching and learning to take account of their individual and special needs;
  • to nurture children’s spiritual moral and social development and help them to grow in self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • to ensure that all pupils benefit from a rich, broad, balanced curriculum presented in an interesting, exciting and imaginative manner with many opportunities for first-hand experience, practical work, investigation and learning through play;
  • to teach basic skills and core subjects well and to give great emphasis to the foundation subjects and RE, especially to the creative aspects, including art, poetry, story, dance, music, and performance. This will be central to our work;
  • to contribute to the life and work of the school with energy and enthusiasm;
  • to invite parents and the wider community to work as partners with the school;
  • to build a welcoming, friendly, bright and lively, happy place where children feel secure and where they enjoy growing up.

 

Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to include all our children in our school community. We do not exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children and we make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our school with consideration of the  following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

 

At Hall Park we ensure an atmosphere where children are purposefully engaged in learning which promotes excellence, enjoyment, perseverance, self-control and independence.

Values and Beliefs

We are an inclusive school where pupils, parents, staff, governors, the local authority and local services work in partnership to meet the needs of the community. We celebrate the positive contribution made by different social, ethnic and linguistic groups.

Our key value at Lytham Hall Park is RESPECT - respect for our friends, our family, our teachers, but most importantly respecting ourselves by living our school values each day.

 

2015/16

Respect - Aut 1 15/16

Determination – Aut 2 15/16

Trust – Spr 1 15/16

Tolerance – Spr 2 15/16

Kindness – Sum 1 15/16

Review of British Values and School Values – Sum 2 15/16

 

2016/17

RESPECT and GROWTH – Aut 1 16/17

HOPE – Aut 2 16/17

SELF CONTROL – Spr 1 16/17

DIVERSITY – Spr 2 16/17

COMPASSION – Sum 1 16/17

COURAGE– Sum 2 16/17

 

2017/18

Self Belief – Aut 1 17/18

Peace - Aut 2 17/18

Equality – Spr 1 17/18

Patience – Spr 2 17/18

Empathy – Sum 1 17/18

Pride – Sum 2 17/18

Positivity - Aut 1 18/19

 

The DfE have recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'

 

The five key British Values are:

Democracy

The rule of law

Individual liberty

Mutual respect

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools and we ensure our values support the wider British Values. Actively promoting the values means everyone challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Lytham Hall Park Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Lytham Hall Park Primary School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

 

Our learning is also guided by our values - these are the 5 Rs for learning. We explored these in our assemblies in 2013/14 and we remind ourselves of them in every whole school Monday assembly.

The 5 Rs are

RESILIENCE

RESOURCEFUL

REFLECTIVE

RESPONSIBILITY

REASONING

 

These attitudes make us into independent learners and we often link these to our school values as they are the key to our happiness and success.

 

Staff and governors demonstrate our values and commitment to equality by:-

  • ensuring acceptable behaviour,
  • responding to incidents and complaints in a proactive way,
  • providing access to services, facilities and information,
  • recruiting and employing people fairly,
  • meeting specific needs.

 

Equality Objectives

  • To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular emphasis on promoting equality and diversity.

 

In autumn 2017/18 we are beginning the journey to achieving the Lancashire Equality Mark.

The Lancashire Equality Mark is awarded to schools who have taken measures to embed Equality throughout their practice with the goal of enabling all pupils to thrive in a supportive learning community. It has been developed by a working group in Lancashire and provides a clear framework to guide schools through the process of auditing, developing and consolidating good practice in different areas of Equality. It builds on and extends the good practice of the Lancashire Race Equality Mark

The Equality Mark comprises five individual Equality Badges:

Race Equality Badge
Gender Equality Badge
Disability Equality Badge
Sexual Orientation Equality Badge
Religion and Belief Equality Badge

This is included within the School Improvement Plan 2017/18.

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