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Equality

Equality Objectives of The Blue Tangerine Federation Governing Body

Public bodies, including local-authority-maintained schools, are covered by the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011. This means you have to publish:

  • details of how your school is complying with the public sector equality duty - you should update this every year
  • your school’s equality objectives - you should update this at least once every 4 years
  • To promote understanding and respect for differences
  • To narrow the pupil premium gap in Reading, Writing and Maths in all year groups
  • To improve provision for pupils for whom English is an additional language, particularly new arrivals at the early stage of English acquisition
  • To provide training for all staff and governors on equality and diversity

The Blue Tangerine Federation seeks to promote equality and we celebrate the diversity within our community.  We welcome the public sector equality duty as set out in the Equality Act (2010: .Equality Act 2010: advice for schools.

What is the duty?

We must:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

What are the protected characteristics?

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their sex; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity. 

Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also 'protected characteristics'.  These apply to staff but not students in schools.

Our Equality Policy

Our Equality Policy contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality.

Our Equality Objectives 2019-2023

Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.

Our Equality Objectives are:

  • To use performance data to monitor pupils' progress and achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools.  
  • To foster good relations between different groups through the use of assemblies, pupils working with children across the school to model good relationships building and learning ethos.
  • To challenge stereotypes that can deny opportunities to pupil.s 
  • To further improve accessibility across the school for pupils, staff and visitors with disabilities. 
  • To further develop pupil and staff resilience and self-worth.
  • To promote equality, diversity and inclusion actions across our staff body.  This will be achieved in several ways, including promoting flexible working, transparency in the gender pay gap and training for staff to eliminate any unconscious bias in recruitment.

Specific tasks relating to these objectives can be found within the Schools' Development Plan.

Progress made 2016-20

  • We have ensure that we meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers guidance well and continue to enhance our provision to ensure this is maintained and improved.
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare was judged to be good by Ofsted.
  • Our data tracking systems enable teachers to focus even more precisely on identifying and addressing gaps in progress between vulnerable groups and identify specific interventions to reduce gaps between learners.
  • Our uniform policy does not specify uniform by gender.
  • Greater use of the student leadership group on particular equality related issues in school, including refurbishment of toilets and uniform has taken place and is becoming more influential - eg. gender neutral toilets have been installed in both LD schools.
  • Introduction of the Emotional Health and Well-Being aspects of the curriculum are supported by pupils.
  • The development of resilience-focused courses such as Resilience Doughnut programmes and Resilient Classrooms have been successfully introduced.

We have improved access to and around The Collett School by:

  • Removing steps to the front entrance of the school and replaced with a winding path - by fundraising.
  • Installed two lifts to access areas only previously accessed through steps - funded through fundraising.
  • Disabled access toilets in the lower corridor.
  • Disabled car parking by the main building.
  • AAC communication devices for children with limited language.
  • TEAACH work stations to enable learning.
  • Sensory equipment to enable children to access learning.
  • Additional OT and sensory programmes to support children access school and learning.
  • Complete programme of works to improve and maintain safety around the buildings.
  • Induction T Loop into the hall.
  • Improved sound system that encompasses all areas of the hall (instead of just blasting from the front).

We have improved access to and around St Luke's School by:

  • Repaired lifts and installed new lift to hall.
  • Induction T Loop into the hall.
  • Unisex toilets installed in sensory area corridor and rolling out across the school.
  • AAC communication devices for children with limited language.
  • TEAACH work stations to enable learning.
  • Sensory equipment to enable children to access learning. 
  • Additional OT and sensory programmes to support children access school and learning.
  • Complete programme of works to improve and maintain safety around the buildings.