Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Public Sector Equality Duty (Updated February 2022) 

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public sector organisations to demonstrate that they have due regard for the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful  discrimination, harassment, victimisation  and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010

  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Compass Point Primary School is an inclusive school where we celebrate differences, focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are valued. 

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to provide support and challenge where there is disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.

Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:

1. All learners are of equal value

2. We recognise, respect and celebrate difference

3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of belonging.

4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.

5. We aim to recognise and then reduce and remove inequalities and barriers.

6. We have the highest aspirations and expectations of all our children.

Protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.

In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:

  • Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and the Pupil Premium

  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities(SEND)

  • Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

  • Young carers

  • Looked after children

Eliminating discrimination 

We work to eliminate discrimination by:

  • Ensuring that equalities is a core part of our school’s ethos and values

  • Our behaviour/relationships policy ensuring that all children feel safe at school

  • Reporting, responding to and monitoring of any incidents which have prejudice as their main cause e.g. homophobic, racist behaviours etc…

  • Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges stereotyping

  • Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential

  • Rigorously tracking pupil achievement to ensure that all children learn more, and intervening when necessary

  • Ensuring that all pupils have opportunities for enrichment activities and to build their ‘cultural capital’

  • Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.

Our equalities objectives 2022-2024

At Compass Point Primary school we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.

Objective 1: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.

Objective 2:To ensure there is fair representation of a diverse range of people within our wider school curriculum.

Objective 3: To ensure that staff within the school are given high quality professional development so they better understand the equalities agenda

Objective 4:To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.