Equality

The following statements are the agreed AET Equalities Objectives:

    • To close the gap between boys and girls in English, Mathematics and Science at all key stages.

    • To close the gap in performance of all pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.

    • To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the curriculum.

    • To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudice-based bullying.

The Equality Act 2010 has 9 Protected characteristics, which are:

  • age

  • disability

  • gender reassignment

  • marriage and civil partnership

  • pregnancy and maternity

  • race

  • religion and belief

  • sex

  • sexual orientation

Under the Act people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person because they have any of the protected characteristics.

The Equality Act 2010 includes a new public sector Equality Duty which states that public bodies must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

  • Advance equality of opportunity

  • Foster good relations between different groups

All members of Staff at Offa’s Mead Academy are currently undertaking training through an e-learning module called Equality and Diversity from Learning Pool.

Visit this website for more information

Equality Monitoring

All behaviour incidents and concerns are regularly reviewed by the SLT. Analysis is carried out to ensure that any patterns in relation to equality and groups of children are addressed. Surveys will be sent to Parents/ Carers and carried out with the children and staff in the near future in relation to the 9 protected characteristics. This will gather evidence so we can achieve our aim for no member of staff and no parent/carer to feel that they have experienced discrimination in relation to the protected characteristics. And that no parent/carer feels that their child had been discriminated against.

We use Jigsaw PSHE at Offa's Mead Academy a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.


"Like everyone, we've been appalled by the stories that are emerging across the country. It is completely unacceptable that girls are being treated in this way and we have a collective responsibility as education leaders to take a stand. We pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive family of schools, and whilst we have strong systems and controls in place as part of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion focusing on gender, racism, sexuality and disability, we want to make sure we are leaving no stone unturned in eradicating these insidious behaviours.


"In addition to our existing practices, we are taking steps to ensure that each of our schools has the means to capture testimony from students - either anonymously or in person through safe spaces - so that there is every opportunity to uncover any issues, past or present. We all need to go further and shine a light on these issues so that they are brought out in the open and dealt with swiftly, including involving the police. To do otherwise, makes us part of the problem.


School Response to Everyone's Invited-April 2021

You may have seen in the news recently the Everyone’s Invited Campaign.

https://www.everyonesinvited.uk/

This website allows pupils to share testimonials of abuse and assault. It is completely unacceptable that pupils are being treated in this way and we have a collective responsibility as a school and trust to take a stand. As a trust we pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive family of schools and we want to make sure we are leaving no stone unturned in stopping these incidents from happening in the first place and use our skills as educators to raise awareness.

In our school, it is very important that we care for and look after each other. We want everyone at our remarkable school to feel safe and happy and to be a good friend to all.

We will be talking about being a good friend a lot over the next few weeks. We will talk about it in class and in assemblies too. We care about each and every one of our pupils and we want them to have the very best time at school without having to worry about anybody being unkind to them.

If you have any concerns at all, we urge you to share them with us so that we can take the right action. You can contact the school via our Worry Box or email Mrs Sharman our Designated Safeguarding Officer :

contactus@offasmeadacademy.org