As a Church of England school, we believe everyone is loved unconditionally by God and are individually unique. Everyone is equal and we treat each other with dignity and respect. Each person in all their unique difference should be able to thrive, irrespective of physical appearance, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, academic ability, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
These objectives are set to be discussed in the Spring Term of 2021.
Objective 1: ensure girls participate equally in school life including in the classroom, in clubs and in sporting activities. (eliminate discrimination)
Why we have chosen this objective: a peer-to-peer review carried out in Summer 2017 found that girls were not participating in lessons as actively as boys, especially in Key Stage 2. It found that children often held stereotypical views of women’s roles and girls had low aspirations for their futures.
To achieve this objective we plan to: raise staff awareness of equality; ensure opportunities are taken in the curriculum to show aspirational women; implement lessons from the ‘no outsiders’ scheme; run a range of after-school/lunchtime clubs that appeal to everyone; have a girls’ football and cricket team.
Objective 2: to provide a curriculum that promotes equality for all sections of the community so that children leave our school happy and excited about living in a community full of difference and diversity. (foster good relations)
Why we have chosen this objective: at St John’s we believe it’s okay to be you and feel it is important that children (and parents) understand the importance of treating people equally. This is underpinned by both Christian values and the law (equalities act 2010). When our children grow up, they will be living and working in a diverse community and need to be accepting of that.
To achieve this objective we plan to: ensure lessons in PSHE give children the opportunity to encounter different kinds of people/families; ensure opportunities are taken in the curriculum to show a variety of ‘types’ of people; train staff (including TAs and lunchtime supervisors) on the Equalities Act and develop a common language around challenging prejudice and stereotypes.
Objective 3: to ensure that children with autistic spectrum conditions and/or sensory issues can access the curriculum and school life equally (advancing equality of opportunity)
Why we have chosen this objective: SEND data shows an increase in numbers of children with ASC and sensory issues (some undiagnosed). This can sometimes make it hard for them to access the whole curriculum and make the progress they are capable of.
To achieve this objective we plan to: continue to develop the Learning Hub as a place for teaching, group sessions and calm time; provide children with equipment such as wobbly cushions and ear defenders; look at lunch time provision to include a range of activities; train staff on the needs of children with ASC.