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How does St Francis' ensure all children are treated fairly? (Equality and Inclusion)

At St Francis CofE (Aided) Junior School we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. Each child is treated as an individual and staff work hard to remove barriers to learning as they arise. Small class sizes mean that teachers can give every child tailored work, matched to their current ability, in order to maximise their achievements over time. This includes children with SEND and looked after children.

 

We have been recognised as a Rights Respecting School and Christian Values underpin all interactions in school. Children are taught to think about the consequences of their behaviour and to act responsibly towards the whole school community. "The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.  They are extremely polite and well mannered. The relationships between pupils and members of the school community are excellent. As a result, this is a warm and welcoming school where there is a highly positive ethos of 'everyone matters.'" (OFSTED, April 2015)

 

We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.  We aim to:

  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
  • Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
  • Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
  • Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school

 

St Francis' prides itself in being very inclusive and we will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:

  • Ensure all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
  • Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
  • Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
  • Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem through social programmes.
  • To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
  • To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
  • To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
  • Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
  • To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
  • To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
  • To regularly review the policy and provision in order to achieve best practice.

Equality Act 2012

 

St Francis Junior School acknowledges its responsibilities under the public sector equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 from 1st October 2010.

 

The Act replaces and consolidates all existing equality legislation and enacts new duties under the school equality provision. The two new protected characteristics extended to pupils are pupils undergoing gender reassignment and those pupils who are pregnant or recently given birth.

The three general equality duties and two specific duties now cover all protected characteristics. School will no longer ask health related questions of job applicants prior to a conditional job offer. We understand we are able to undertake 'positive action' in order to offer equality of opportunity to identified groups covered by protected characteristics. (i.e. specialised EAL withdrawal for new arrivals).

 

We will renew information at least annually and renew the equality objectives every four years. We will have due regard, demonstrated by giving relevant and proportionate consideration to our public sector equality duty under the Act.

Accessibility

 

At St Francis' we do our best, in an old building, to remove potential access barriers. This is outlined in our Accessibility Plan (Click on the link below).

 

We have:

  • Ramps down to the main entrance.
  • A side entrance - on the classroom/playground level accessible from the car park
  • Disabled parking is available near the side entrance. Please call in advance to ensure this space is available.
  • A lift between the hall and classroom corridors suitable for wheelchairs.
  • There is a disabled toilet in each of the children's toilets.

 

If you have any concerns regarding access, please contact the school.


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