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Equality

    Aims of Bowdon Church School 

     

    At Bowdon each adult and child is valued and respected. We provide the opportunity for all members to achieve their full potential in a caring and secure Christian atmosphere.

     

    As a Church School, we place a strong emphasis on creating and sustaining an ethos based on Christian values. Care, understanding and respect for each other underpin everything we do and we aim to nurture and develop positive spiritual, moral, social and cultural attitudes within our school community. 

     

    The Equality Act

    The Equality Act (2010) was introduced to combine the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Previously public bodies were bound by these three sets of duties to promote disability, race and gender equality. In April 2011 these were replaced by a single public sector equality duty (known as the PSED or the equality duty). This new duty extends to all the aspects of a person's identity that are protected under the Equality Act 2010. These are known as protected characteristics and are:

     

    • age
    • disability
    • gender reassignment
    • marriage and civil partnership
    • pregnancy and maternity
    • race
    • religion or belief
    • gender
    • sexual orientation
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    General duty

    Public bodies including schools and settings have a general duty to have due regard when making decisions and developing policies, to:

    • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is 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 across all protected characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

     

    Specific duty

    To help schools and maintained EYFS settings in England meet the general equality duty, there are two specific duties that they are required to carry out. These are:

     

    • To publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the equality duty.
    • To prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives.

    Our Equality Objectives 2022 - under review

    • The school will help pupils explore the issues of gender, race, culture and disability through assemblies, PSHE and embedded in teaching across the curriculum.
    • Pupils/staff will be made aware that any form of harassment or abuse is unacceptable. This will be examined through the Behaviour and Bullying Policies.
    • Pupils, parents and staff are able to express their concerns and know that they will be listened to by staff, Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body.
    • As a staff, we regularly review our curriculum to ensure the content does not include avoid stereotyping and unconscious bias. The school seeks to provide pupils with a diverse range of positive role models who challenge negative stereotyping and therefore ensure that equal opportunities permeate the life and work of the school. (For example, women in science and engineering roles; BAME members of the armed forces in WW1 and WW2)
    • The rebuilding of Bowdon Church School was completed in September 2015. The new building has been designed to be accessible for all. We have easy access into all areas of the building, a lift to and from the upper floor and two hygiene rooms (one on each floor) both containing a seated shower. Any specific accessibility arrangements are accommodated if possible and practicable. 

     

     

     

     

    Specific focus on equality in school

    2021-22

    Diversity will be a focus of our parent forum and included in this exercise will be reviews of school policies and discussions on curriculum and pedagogical issues, with the aim of ensuring that our provision is as inclusive as it can possibly be and that all unconscious bias is eliminated. 

    Our Behaviour Policy is under review, to ensure that it reflects our goal of being a zero-tolerance school with regard to racism, prejudice and discrimination of any kind. 

    We engaged in whole-staff training on inclusion in January 2022 (which will be followed up in March 2022), and addressing racism will be an ongoing focus, through class discussions, widening the range of literature our children are exposed to, and through events such as World Book Day and Give Racism the Red Card.  

     

    2020/21

    A parents' WhatsApp group was set up to provide support and discussion for parents with children who have SEND in school. A parental survey at the start of the year identified families who may need more support if they needed to self isolate due to limited access to online learning. The school examined ways to support these families so that all children who needed to self-isolate had access to good quality resources and teaching. Reading books, maths workbooks and writing resources were made available and chrome books were available for families to borrow, without a suitable device for remote learning at home.

     

    2019/20

    Parental forums were set up to help give more focused feedback on SEND and curriculum development. The new Relationships Education Curriculum was reviewed by a working team in school and a parental forum, to ensure changes were in line with equality for all.  Our the Relationships curriculum, is now based on 'Heartsmart' and the HeartSmart High Five, which instils hope and love in children. Heartsmart.family

    A focus on promoting girls' STEM careers resulted in active discussions in class, inviting Parents into school to give STEM presentations, and a display of inspirational women scientists, engineers and mathematicians was created on the corridor by the IT suite and science rooms. Non-fiction books promoting a range of role models in science were introduced.

     

     

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