Public Sector Equality Duty

Public Sector Equality Duty Statement

Churchill Special Free School is a day special school for children aged 8-18 with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties including those with Autism or who are on the Autistic Spectrum. All pupils have significant barriers to their learning and many have previously had very negative experiences at school.

We are an approachable school where everyone is valued as an individual and where parents and the wider community are invited to share in school life. We aim to instil in all our learners a sense of pride. Pupils at Churchill school are at the centre of everything we do. We have high expectations for both behaviour and achievement and ensure that everyone celebrates that every learner has a unique personality and talents to be developed.

While at the school pupils are offered a curriculum which is not only broad and balanced but also exciting and challenging. Values and skills are taught together in a language rich environment which is supportive and safe but also inspiring and exciting. Our school encourages students to begin to take responsibility for their own learning while recognising and respecting the needs of others

Our school is committed to equality both as an employer and an education provider:

  •  We do our best to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
  • We actively ensure sure that our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
  • We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
  • We recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
  • We always ensure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example through talking to pupils and parents/careers, staff and through School Council.
  • We actively aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; their ethnicity, national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation.

General Duty

We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality or opportunity and to foster good relations, and our specific duties to publish information every year about our school population; to explain how we have due regard for equality; and to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities, and reduce or remove them.

We welcome the importance of narrowing gaps in achievement which could affect all our pupils as they have special educational needs but also:

  • Pupils from certain cultural/ethnic backgrounds and the traveller community.
  • Pupils who receive Pupil Premium.
  • Pupils who are looked after
  • Pupils who have EAL.
  • Those who experience differences in gender achievement.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we 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.
  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.

At Churchill School we are strongly committed to ensuring that members of the school community do not become victims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. We have a series of policies and procedures in place to support us with this. These include:

  • Behaviour policy and Bullying policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Equalities policy
  • PSHE Policy
  • SEND Policy

These policies are available on the school website and are available from the School Office on request. All staff are given copies of relevant policies as part of their induction. Policies are reviewed regularly and updated.

The termly Head Teacher’s Report to the full governing body includes reports as to the number of safeguarding incidents that have been reported. There is also an update on the number of exclusions that may have occurred. The headteacher retains records relating to the number of incidents which have occurred with regard to:

  • Bullying
  • Homophobia
  • Racism

Equal Opportunities for All

At our school, careful analysis of performance/attainment data is used to identify different groups within our school community. We are able to make comparisons and identify any group that may be achieving less well than other groups. We build in strategies to address such issues and these are reviewed termly and timetables developed accordingly. At our school, we monitor the impact of any strategies and interventions that we put in place to ensure that they are meeting the needs of our pupils.

The school has its own Equality Policy and Equality Action Plan (aka Accessibility Plan). A copy of this is available on the school website.

Our Public Sector Equality Objectives are:

  • To improve curriculum access for all pupils expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils at Churchill are as equally prepared for life as their mainstream peers.
  • To maintain and where required improve access to the physical environment of the school.
  • To improve the delivery of information to others

September 2020