Our Equality Objectives and British Values
SCHOOL EQUALITY OBJECTIVES
Public bodies are required to publish at least one, or more, equality objectives.
Our Equality Objectives for 2017-2018 are:
1. To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity
2. To increase the membership of vulnerable pupils in out of school clubs and activities, and in this way to reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school, particularly inequalities related to the protected characteristics listed in the Equalities Act.
3. To ensure children in receipt of pupil premium perform equally as well as their peers with regard to attainment and progress measures.
We are committed to promoting fundamental British Values as set out by The DfE.
These are defined as:
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Part of our vision is to enable our pupils to communicate with others and prepare them for life outside school. Pupils are respectful of and celebrate each other’s differences, heritage and culture. Promoting British Values enables children to develop a sense of community and begin to understand their responsibilities and role within it. The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and through regular pupil conferencing.
The elections of members of the School Council and roles of responsibility are based on pupil votes.
Our Head Boy/s and Girl/s also voice their opinion through determining how they will shape their role each year.
They are model pupils who promote our school and lead by example.
The Rule of Law: The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are regularly reinforced. A consistently applied Behaviour Policy is shared with the children, expectations are reinforced regularly and opportunities are sought frequently to praise positive choices. Pupils’ modelling behaviour consistent with the school’s high expectations are recognised and used as role models to others.
Through assemblies and the school’s PSHE/Citizenship curriculum, children develop an understanding of law appropriate to their age. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Regular contact with PSCOs builds positive relationships with the Police from an early age and children understand their role in maintaining a peaceful community. Visits from other external agencies such as the Fire service, Health professionals and ‘People who help us’ reinforces their understanding of the responsibilities held by various professions.
Individual Liberty: Protective Behaviours are taught across the school and every child is aware that they have the right to feel safe. They are also taught that there is always an adult they can talk to at school.
Children are valued for their differences and there is a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs to enable children to try new things, develop new skills and practice existing ones. Care is taken to provide equal opportunities.
Time and care is taken to know each child as an individual and circle time/PSHE sessions give children a chance to share their feelings and options in a safe way.
Opportunities for children to take more responsibility within the school is encouraged. Pupils support daily in the school library, during the lunchtimes on the playground, in the dinner hall and support the running of some clubs.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child–led learning.
Mutual Respect: A class behaviour contract is drawn up at the beginning of each academic year to set clear expectations of respectful behaviour. If pupils show disrespect to one another, this is dealt with immediately through the school’s Behaviour Policy. Time is given for repair and restoration and to talk about the behaviour which is disrespectful to others.
An Anti-Bullying week is held annually and various well-being events are held across the year. During these sessions, children are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others.
A consistent behaviour policy is in place and children take responsibility, with support when needed, to resolve conflict and repair relationships. Friendship support groups and team building sessions are used to resolve any persistent issues.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: The school follows the Cornwall RE agreed syllabus which ensures that the children learn about all the main religions and teaches a respect for the cultures, beliefs, opinions and traditions of others. Assemblies contribute to the knowledge of special occasions.
The RE syllabus and assembly opportunities enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Along with PSHE lessons they provide a forum for discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying.
We use opportunities such as the Olympics, World Cup and news events around the world to study and learn about life and culture in various countries. Our weekly ‘news’ assemblies promote global understanding.