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Equality in Our School

Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School recognises the importance of education in creating life opportunities and recognises that the influence of school on a child’s life is made more significant if they currently have, or have had in the past, a disadvantaged home life. This document provides information about what Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School is doing to develop our pupils’ ability to live in a diverse society.

 

We have considered a range of information and feel that these objectives will help us meet the duties set out by the Equality Act 2010 to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster Good relations    

 

Our Equality Objectives are:

1.  To increase understanding of religious/faith diversity (including people who do not have a faith) and to develop an awareness of the history of religious intolerance in Britain and Europe and to learn to promote tolerance and understanding.

2. To address pupil mental health and wellbeing as part of our commitment to preventing mental health difficulties that may start in childhood but have a greater impact in adult life.

3. To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school.

 

1. Increase understanding of religious/faith diversity

Ampney C of E Primary School is focusing on ensuring that our pupils understand and appreciate the rich diversity of Britain and the important values that help people with differing perspectives and outlooks to live together harmoniously. This Equality Objective will help us to increase understanding of religious/faith diversity (including people who do not have a faith) and to develop an awareness of the history of religious intolerance in Britain and Europe, and to learn to promote tolerance and understanding.

How we will achieve this objective:

After securing a GOOD judgement in our November SIAMS inspection, the Head teacher as RE lead will continue to work on the next steps as advised by this inspection and work to continue to develop  the school's moral and religious compass, especially in the current situation of COVID-19. Miss Holland from September 2020 is now Worship lead and work with Mrs Wood to further embed and develop this within all ages of the school and the wider community.

 

2. Pupil mental health and wellbeing

Academic attainment is important, but pupils also need to progress through their education feeling happy and self-confident. Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School is committed to providing a nurturing environment to help develop the resilience of our pupils to cope with the ups and downs and stresses of everyday life. Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School has decided that one of our new Equality Objectives will address pupil mental health and wellbeing as part of our commitment to preventing mental health difficulties that may start in childhood but have a greater impact in adult life. This from September 2020 will hold even more importance with the statutory guidance relating to Sex and Relationships Education and the focus on children's mental health and well being.

 

How we will achieve this objective:

As a cluster of schools, through bidding for SEND money, we hope to have staff that is ELSA trained and this will have a positive impact on all children in the school.  Individual children who require additional nurture sessions are having those run on a weekly basis by the SENCO. There is a proposal that the last Friday in each month we have a whole school Mental Health and wellbeing day, where we come off timetable and focus solely on this, using outside providers as well as activities led by staff in school.  This is as well as a focus through our ongoing PSCHE programme and other curriculum areas.

 

3. Promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience

Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School is committed to ensuring pupils will have a wider experience of a divergent society, this may through our curriculum but also through developing the wider curriculum that involves visits outside school and visitors to school.

 

How we will achieve this objective:

We will provide many opportunities through visits, visitors to school and school clubs that develop the children’s understanding that they are part of a multi faith society and so they can learn the values of other religions. There is also a programme of visitors to lead and attend Acts of Worship to share different faiths and cultures.

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