At Hanborough Manor CE Primary 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, 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 school recognises it has to make special efforts to ensure that all groups prosper including:
• Boys and girls, men and women
• All minority ethnic groups including travellers, refugees and asylum seekers
• Pupils or families with different religions or beliefs
• Pupils and others with special educational needs
• Pupils and others with a range of disabilities
• Children who are looked after and their carers
• Children and staff who are gay, lesbian, or transgender
• Pupils or staff undergoing gender reassignment
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. As a school we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
The school has identified the following issues that may be barriers to effective learning and successful working at the school:
• Low self-esteem, low expectations and peer group pressure
• Experience of bullying, harassment or social exclusion
• Low income leading to difficulty in participating in some aspects of school life and/or a lack of adequate home study space
• Low parental support or different parental expectations
• Frequent moves and lack of stability in life leading, to time out of school or low attendance
• Lack of help or support to maintain emotional, mental and physical well-being, and poor behaviour, including exclusions
• Speech, Language and Communication difficulties
• Special Educational Needs
• Lack of physical access to school facilities or services
• Inappropriate curriculum
The school recognises that it has a legal obligation under the disability discrimination act to meet the needs of people with disabilities even if it requires giving them more favourable treatment.
The school recognises that the new Positive Action provisions in the Equalities Act 2010 allow us to target measures that are designed to alleviate disadvantages experienced by, or to meet the particular needs of, pupils with particular protected characteristics. If we decide to use these we will ensure that it is a proportionate response to achieve the relevant outcome.