Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
The Discovery School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being 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 approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
Number of pupils on roll at the school: 621
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.
Information on other groups of pupils
In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:
It may be possible to identify individuals from the information provided when the number of pupils with a particular characteristic is low and the information is sensitive personal information. In these cases we have indicated this by an asterisk*.
|Asian and any other ethnic group||0.3|
|Any other Ethnic Group||0.2|
|Any other mixed background||0.2|
|Black - African||1.0|
|Black and any other ethnic group||0.2|
|Chinese and any other ethnic group||0.6|
|White - British||0.2|
|White - English||79.7|
|White - Welsh||0.3|
|White - Scottish||0.2|
|White - Other||3.9|
|White Western European||1.0|
|White Eastern European||1.0|
|White and any other ethnic group||2.1|
|White and Black African||0.6|
|White and Black Caribbean||0.5|
|White and Indian||0.6|
|White and Pakistani||0.2|
|White and any other Asian background||0.5|
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.
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at The Discovery School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
Evidence of our due regard for equality can also be found in the following published documents:
We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.
We eliminate discrimination by:
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We foster good relations by:
At The Discovery School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:
Objective 1: To ensure robust systems for monitoring and analysing pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
Objective 2: To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners so that 100% of disadvantaged pupils achieve expected or greater than expected progress in all core subjects
Objective 3: Reduce % of vulnerable pupils working within 40-60 months of Development Matters at the end of EYFS with 100% making expected or better than expected progress from relative starting points
Objective 4: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement for vulnerable pupils
Objective 5: Reinvigorate diversity faith, culture and citizenship (neuro and physical) across the School
Objective 6: Refine practice and procedures in supporting children with medical needs (including medicines)