Equality and Diversity
Our Equality Commitments & The Public Sector Equality Duty
At Bosham Primary school we celebrate diversity and promote equality. We recognise that we are all different and the contributions of all children and adults are seen, heard and valued. We enjoy our differences and enjoy learning about our varied experiences. We encourage one another to challenge our assumptions.
We aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural differences. We will tackle the barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes and ensure equality of access for all stakeholders. We will always treat people fairly and consistently. We will treat all allegations of discrimination seriously.
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school's general duties with regard to equality are:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Bosham primary school is a one-form small village primary school.
- 6% of our pupils are eligible for pupil premium, which is lower than the national average of 24%. A priority for our school is determined to narrow the gap between their outcomes and the rest of the school. This is a key part of our school development plan.
- 4% of our pupils are identified as having English as an additional language, which is lower than the national average of 21%. Some of the languages spoken are Polish, Spanish, Romanian and Afrikaans. The majority language spokwen, for our english as an additional language families is Polish.
- 86% of our cohort of pupils come from a White British background. The next largest group of pupils come from the any other White Background then a Black African background. This highlights the importance of creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all.
The profile of equality and diversity at Bosham is something that is really important to us as a school. We proactively design our curriculum to be inclusive and give our pupils exposure to all different types of backgrounds and experiences. We want to prepare the children at our school to be active and considerate members of a wonderfully diverse world. We listen to all of our pupils and work closely with the young governors to ensure we are inclusive.
Our libraries, curriculum and assemblies provide pupils at Bosham with a diverse diet of authors, cultures, religions and role models from all backgrounds. It is essential that children's learning is not limited to what they already know, as we want them to approach their learning open-minded and with an acceptance of others.
Bosham Primary 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:
- All learners are of equal value
- We recognise and respect difference
- We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
- We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
- We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
- We have the highest expectations of all our children.
- Consult and involve all members of the school community
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 Bosham Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
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:
- Ensuring that all children feel safe at school and addressed any form of bullying
- Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
- Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
- Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
- Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make progress, and intervening when necessary
- Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extracurricular provision
- Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
- Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
- Ensuring participation of our parents/carers and pupils in school development
- Listening to our parents/carers
- Listening to our pupils at all times
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:
- Ensuring that Bosham Primary is seen as a community school within our local community
- Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum
At Bosham Primary 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:
- Ensure that all children gain the knowledge they need to prepare them for adult life by providing a broad and balanced curriculum designed for the needs of Bosham children.
- To ensure that our school values of independence, resilience, creativity and emotional intelligence are at the heart of our activities and that our curriculum reflects our inclusive ethos.
- To continuously review and revise our curriculum so that it represents a diverse culture and encourages tolerance and respect and in turn promotes an understanding of identity, diversity, community and equality.
- To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement of all activities.
- To promote a whole school approach to mental health awareness and support with appropriate interventions where necessary