Equality Statement

At Poplar Farm Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act of October 2010. We seek to demonstrate this through all aspects of school life and in particular through our commitment to every child, fulfilling their potential. This commitment applies to our work in the classroom, our pupil support systems, our recruitment and retention of staff and our work in the local and wider community.

Our school population changes on a year to year basis as the school adds additional year groups. As a school we will ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to achieve the very best that they are capable of and will also guide parents on how they can support their child’s achievement. Where pupils experience barriers to their success we will work with them to address these in a sensitive and sympathetic way.

Through our work in the classroom we will ensure that pupils understand the importance of equality and what forms discrimination can take and the impact discrimination can have. We will also seek to foster within our pupils their own commitment to promoting equality.

As an employer we will not discriminate on any of the following:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Nor as a school or employer will we accept any of the following:
  • Direct Discrimination,
  • Indirect Discrimination,
  • Discrimination by perception,
  • Associative discrimination,
  • Harassment,
  • Harassment by a third party,
  • Victimisation.

As a school we also acknowledge the need to have objectives in order to ensure that we are able to address any areas where there are either inequalities or perceived inequalities.  Our objectives are as follows:

  1. To complete a school community survey annually to identify any areas of concern, particularly for Parents/Carers and Pupils.
  2. To ensure that resources within the school allow children to gain a deeper understanding of equality and diversity.
  3. To use our in school tracking systems for behaviour to identify at risk pupils.  This information will then be used to identify any equality issues which will be addressed.
  4. To appoint a member of our staff to monitor pupil attendance in order to ensure that quick action can be taken to address low attendance rates at school.
  5. To increase the number of outside agencies (police, fire brigade, NSPCC, e-safety experts etc) who attend school to give the pupils expert advice on a range of issues.
  6. To ensure all parents and carers are informed of all school events and information through Tapestry, ParentMail and Class Dojo.
The school leadership and Governing Body review the school’s Equality Policy and all other policies within the cycle agreed by governors.  Should any issues arise that mean that the policy needs amendments then these will be recommended for approval at the following governors meeting.

Article 3 - The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.

Article 29 - Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full.