Promoting Equality: Statement of Intent
Our School Commitment The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- 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
- Swalwell 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.
At Swalwell Primary School, we are committed to equality. 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.
Swalwell Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child, regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace deemed appropriate to their abilities. At times and when deemed appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. 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 principles:
- All learners are of equal value
- We recognise and respect difference
- We foster positive attitudes and positive 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
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that 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 all teaching staff is 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 confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- 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 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 inspire and encourage children to have high expectations and aspirations for their futures within the community.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Maximum number of pupils on roll at the school: 210 including 10 children in the Physical Disabilities ARMS base and 8 children in our autism and/or social communication needs ARMS. Age of pupils: 3-11
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on the following groups of pupils:
- Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
- Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
- Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Young Carers
- Looked After Children
- Other vulnerable groups
We review and update annually our school's compliancy with the public sector equality duty.
Please see our Equality Policy which details further detail on how we will achieve our Equality Objectives. (These objectives are updated and reviewed at least once every four years).
You can download our equality policy below.