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Equality Statement

Equality Information and Objectives Statement

 1. Context

Dallam is and traditionally has been a highly diverse school, reflecting the diversity in both the local community and the wider Warrington area:

  • Boys and Girls across the age range 2 – 11 years
  • Multi-faith
  • Multiple ethnic groups
  • A specific Designated Provision unit
  • High proportion of children eligible for Free School Meals
  • Growing population of non UK nationals

2. Vision for Equality & Diversity

Dallam Primary School has a school vision which is rooted in an unwavering commitment to ensure the success of every pupil. Equality of opportunity is at the heart of our vision, with an insistence that all pupils will do well regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Our qualities statement is guided by our core values which we apply to all children regardless of background:

  • We persevere, push ourselves to improve and work hard to make it happen for our children and families
  • We respect everyone and their views 
  • We have high aspirations, for our children, families and school community
  • We are compassionate and caring and help each other to be the best that they can
  • We are fair, we understand others and treat each other respectfully
  • We champion our school at every opportunity
  • We value our health and wellbeing and look after each other 

3. Data relevant to Equality and Diversity

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010), we publish the following data:

 

Characteristic

Breakdown

Number of pupils

272

Number of staff

54

Number of Governors

9

Religion

Non-denominational school

Attainment on entry

Below average in Speaking and Listening, reading, writing and maths.

Pupil mobility

Above average (within the highest 40% of schools nationally)

Free School Meals

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium

57% 

62% May 2022

Ethnicity

11 out of a possible 17 ethnic groups are represented in our school population

Those groups that have above 5% are:

Asian or Asian British - 6%

 White British - 73%

Other White Background - 13%

English as an additional language

25%

Special Needs

16.1%  SEN support

10%  pupils with an EHC plan

Average attendance rates

4.0

School deprivation indicator

0.28

Awards and recognitions

Peer to Peer review of provision for children within the designated Provision at Dallam: outstanding

 

4. School Development plan: Our Equality Objectives

The following objectives are reflected in the School Improvement Plan. Due regard is given to the Equality Duty aims outlined in the Equality Act 2010 when decision-making, developing and reviewing policies and delivering services.

 

General (whole school):

  • Further improve staff knowledge and skills to meet the needs of pupils with Special Education Needs. Accreditation of Inclusion Award by July 2022. 
  • Improve pupil knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to appreciate and value difference and diversity – for example increasing understanding between pupils from different faith communities. This will be done through whole school assemblies, collective worship, the RE and PSHE curriculum and by focusing on one of the core values   per ½  term.
  • Improve staff confidence to deal swiftly and effectively with any incidence of prejudice related bullying or use of derogatory language through review and update of the school Positive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies
  • Pupil surveys indicate instances of bullying are rare and that staff deal with incidents effectively. We aim to further reduce the number of prejudice-related bullying/ use of derogatory language incidents through pupil engagement via the School Council, Assemblies, PHSE etc.  
  • To celebrate diversity and equality through teaching and displays around school e.g. different families; same love displays
  • To ensure children have an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law through direct teaching and Collective Worship.

 

Specific (sub groups to be targeted, as identified by our data):

  • Ensure that pupils in receipt of pupil premium grant can access all aspects of the curriculum equally to their peers through through quality T&L, performance management and individual support. (See Pupil Premium Strategy). This will result in the differences between pupils eligible for pupil premium funding and their peers being diminished by July 2022.
  • Continue to improve attendance for pupils  to be broadly in line with National Average year-on-year as we recover from the effects of the pandemic  to meet a target of 96% attendance by the end of July 2023. Thorough monitoring and rigorous school systems will support this objective.
  • Encourage the participation of SEND pupils (including those in designated provision) and those eligible for pupil premium funding in before and after school activities and educational visits: addressing barriers to attendance wherever possible. 
  • In the plan, driven by our data and daily experience with the children, there are no specific prioritised E&D actions in relation to race, disability, religion or sexual orientation. 

The role of the governing body

The Dallam School Governing Body is the “responsible body” for ensuring that the school meets the requirements of equality legislation. At Dallam the Governing Body will:

  • Ensure that the school takes all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees do not carry out unlawful discriminatory actions or behaviour
  • Support and guide the school to have “due regard” for equality in all its functions
  • Ensure the school complies with the Equality Duty and meets the two “specific duties” for schools

 

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