Equality Statement and Policy

Equality Statement

At Orrets Meadow School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.

The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. At Orrets Meadow we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

We do this by:

·  Treating all those within the school community (e.g. pupils, staff, governors, parents and the community) as individuals with their own particular abilities, beliefs, challenges, attitudes, background and experience.

·  Creating and maintaining a school ethos which promotes equality, develops understanding and challenges myths, stereotypes, misconceptions and prejudices.

·  Encouraging everyone in our school to gain a positive self-image and high self-esteem.

·  Having high expectations for everyone involved with the whole school community.

·  Promoting mutual respect and valuing each other’s similarities and differences and facing equalities issues openly and honestly.

·  Monitoring and reviewing all the above to secure continuous improvement in all we do.

Equality Target for Orrets Meadow School

To year on year narrow the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, across the school in Reading, Writing and Maths.