Widcombe C of E Junior School welcomes its responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity and outcomes for the different groups of people who are part of its community. We have a Single Equality Scheme (SES) which brings together the school’s approach for promoting equality in our policies and procedures and, most importantly in our day-to-day practices and interactions with the whole school community. The SES reviews and draws together information, issues and potential areas for improvement.
Our scheme includes our whole school – pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers and all those within our extended school community, such as neighbouring schools and learning organisations. We acknowledge that it is very important for us all to work together in achieving our aim of being fully inclusive and accessible, and ultimately in providing a quality learning experience for all the children at Widcombe CofE Junior School.
Children are encouraged to work together, developing their independence and care of others. We recognise that being able to work as part of a team, to listen to others points of view and to express your own, are essential life skills. All children take part in regular PSHE lessons/circle time and through discussion start to understand that with rights come responsibilities.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.
Widcombe CofE Junior School is committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, victimisation, and harassment. We also aim to recruit an appropriately qualified workforce and governing body that is representative of all sections of the community in order to provide a service that respects and responds to the diverse needs of our local population.
We have identified the following areas for development with regard for community cohesion; prioritised as actions for inclusion in this equality scheme:
Encouraging children to participate in activities which may have a perceived gender bias.
Creating a positive playground environment where children have the opportunity to join in positive play.
Ensuring differentiation in P.E. for all children.
These areas are part of a school wide focus some are part of the school improvement plan.
Below are links to both our school equality scheme and our anti-bullying policy.