Equality and Diversity

Promoting Equality

1. Equality Duty Update and Review October 2015

Stanchester Academy has due regard to the need to promote equality, as required by the 2010 Equality Act. Under this we have two specific duties,

  • To publish information to demonstrate our compliance with the general duty to promote equality
  • To prepare and publish one or more equality objectives which are specific and measurable

The following is our response to these two duties:

  • What Stanchester does to promote equality
  • We use student related data to plan the curriculum and other services, to make sure no student is disadvantaged. Data is held on,
  • Students, broken down by year group, ethnicity and gender, and by proficiency in English
  • Students, broken down by types of impairment and Special Educational Need and follow DfE guidance on recording disability in addition to Special Educational Need
  • Inequalities of outcome and participation connected with aspects of disadvantage, ethnicity, gender, disability, and with proficiency in English. Stanchester also uses data and other evidence available nationally, to help identify inequalities and the needs of particular groups
  • There are statements about our responsibilities under the Equality Act in various documents, for example, the School Improvement Plan and Self-Evaluation papers, the prospectus, and where appropriate routine bulletins and newsletters
  • There are references to the Academy’s responsibilities under the Equality Act in the minutes of Governors’ meetings, staff meetings and Senior Leadership Team meetings, and in the minutes of the School Council.
  • Before introducing important new policies or measures that may have an impact on equality, we carefully assess their potential, positive or negative
  • Existing policies are regularly reviewed and updated in the light of the ongoing duty under the Equality Act
  • Senior members of staff, have special responsibilities for equalities matters.
  • A member of the Governing Body has a watching brief for equalities matters.
  • The Equality Duty is considered within the options process as well as aspects of the curriculum design and on-going strategic development plans to support it
  • There is good equal opportunities practice, incorporating national guidance, in the recruitment and promotion of staff, both teaching and administrative.
  • Other policies, including our pay policy, uphold good equalities practice.
  • The Equality Duty is regularly referenced in staff meetings, to ensure consistency, with the next update planned for Spring 2016
  • There are clear procedures for dealing with prejudice-related bullying and incidents.
  • Within the curriculum there is focus on the needs of specific groups of students (for example those who have Special Educational Needs, Travellers, underachieving boys or those who are or have been eligible for the Pupil Premium). There is extra or special provision for certain groups, as appropriate
  • There is coverage in the curriculum of equalities issues, particularly with regard to tackling prejudice and promoting community cohesion and mutual understanding.
  • There are activities across the curriculum that promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • In curriculum materials in all subjects there are positive images to support the promotion of equality.
  • There are procedures for consulting and involving parents and carers, and for engaging with local groups and organisations. There is regard in these for the concerns and requirements of the Equality Act
  • There are procedures – notably the School Council, which meets regularly – for finding out how students think and feel about the school. There is regard in these for the concerns of the Equality Act.

Further details on the above are available via the Stanchester office. Please be aware that some details are not publicly available since it is not good practice to distribute information which, due to small numbers, could allow individuals to be identified.

2. Equality Objectives

Stanchester’s equality objectives from April 2012 (interim reviewed October 2015) are detailed below. They will be reviewed annually by the Headteacher and Governing Body and adjusted if necessary. Changes will be published here and new objectives published every 4 years. The next full review of objectives will take place in April 2016

1. To raise the academic achievement of boys so that it is at least in line with that of girls.

Measurable success outcome: Analysis of academic data shows that the objective has been achieved.

Progress against objective:

Overall improvements in academic outcomes and focus on relative performance have demonstrated a high degree of success in this respect. For example, the relative performance gap between boys and girls was closed to a very small margin in the 2015 GCSE results

2. To erode and ultimately eradicate instances of bullying within the school community, including those targeted at more vulnerable students, ethnic or minority groups, or bullying of a homophobic nature.

Measurable success outcome: The bullying log shows a significant reduction in repeated offences.

Progress against objective:

Records prove that instances are extremely rare and have been very successfully reduced over time by careful intervention and on-going focus through assemblies, behaviour policies and the wider curriculum

The current level will be maintained/ enhanced by the introduction of a new Ethics and Values implementation plan in 2015-2016

3. To establish Equality awareness through the curriculum and learning via subjects, guidance time and citizenship days by

  • Providing an audit and action plan demonstrating coverage and impact
  • Promoting the notion of equality in school, the adult world, the world of work and in our roles as global citizens

Measurable success outcomes:

  • An Equalities action plan exists under the ethics and values implementation plan, and has positive impact on the promotion of equality
  • Recorded instances of prejudice remain low and are reduced over time
  • Students from minority groups are fully integrated into the school community and achieving at least in line with predictive academic data. The instances of reported prejudice remain extremely low (data available upon request). To maintain and enhance this, the Equality Duty has been brought under the new Ethics and Values implementation plan and is cross-referenced against the SMSC and related audit

Progress against objective:

4. To raise the academic outcomes of disadvantaged students so that the gap in progress when compared to the outcomes of other students is reduced over time.

Measurable success outcome: Analysis of academic data shows that the progress gap is reducing over time, as measured through the relative performance of students in both English and maths

Progress against objective:

The GCSE results 2015 show that the progress gap has been reduced over time. There is more work to do in closing the gap as measured in raw attainment

5. To ensure that non-specific information regarding the learner profile is published on the academy web-site, in accordance with the 2012 amendments to the Equality Act- (duty of public bodies)

Measurable success outcome: learner profile information is published and accessible

Progress against objective:

The learner profile information is published and accessible on the web-site. This duty, and consideration of the need to provide additional data was last reviewed in October 2015

Click here to view our student data

DATE APPROVED: 13 January 2012


FOR FULL REVIEW November 2016