Race Equality

Purpose

To describe how the college will fulfil its statutory obligation under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 to eliminate racial discrimination and promote race equality.

Policy

The college aims not only to ensure that no member of its community suffers discrimination on the grounds of their race, ethnicity or nationality, but also to promote a positive attitude amongst our students to racial and cultural diversity, and an intolerance of racism in any form.   Commitment to these values will be expected in all aspects of the school’s life, by all members of the college community.
This school will actively promote race equality and oppose racism in all its forms and foster positive attitudes and commitment to an education for equality.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Treating all those within the whole school community (e.g. pupils, staff, governors, parents and community) as individuals with their own particular abilities, beliefs, challenges, attitudes, background and experiences
  • Creating a school ethos which promotes race equality, develops understanding and challenges myths, stereotypes, misconceptions and prejudices.
  • Encouraging everyone within our school community to gain a positive self image and high self esteem.
  • Having high expectations of everyone involved with the whole school.
  • Promoting mutual respect and valuing each others’ similarities and differences and facing equality issues openly.
  • Identifying and removing all practices, procedures and customs which are discriminatory and replacing them with practices which are fair to all.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing all of the above to secure continuous improvement in all that we do.

Roles & Responsibilities

This race equality policy outlines the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved and connected with the school, so that each individual knows what is expected of them. Promoting race equality and raising the achievement of minority ethnic pupils is the responsibility of the whole school staff, including support staff.

Introduction to this race equality policy and action plan will be included in induction arrangements for all new staff to the school. School induction procedures will highlight the duties implied by this policy in the same way as child protection, health and safety and behaviour policies form part of the induction process.

Headteacher

The Headteacher will demonstrate through their personal leadership the importance of this policy. He will ensure that all staff are aware of the policy and understand their role and responsibility in relation to this policy.

  • Opportunities are taken to promote Race equality in the curriculum, especially in PSHE and citizenship; and to widen students’ experience and appreciation of cultures different to their own.
  • All staff are informed of their statutory responsibilities and receive appropriate training and support to enable them to deal effectively with racial incidents.
  • Parents, visitors and contractors who practise or advocate racial discrimination while on site, are asked to desist and if they refuse requested to leave the premises.
  • Data is collected and analysed in order to identify issues and trends in the performance of ethnic groups.
  • All racial incidents are recorded and reported to the governing body and the local authority within one month of their occurrence.

Governors

Ensure that they receive an annual report on:

a)    any racial incidents

b)    statistics on academic performance, exclusions and attendance, analysed by ethnic group/nationality.

c)    ways in which racial tolerance and an appreciation of other cultures has been promoted during the school year.

d)    relevant staff training undertaken

Complaints Proceedure

If anyone in the school feels that this policy is not being followed then they should raise the matter with the Headteacher who will facilitate the appropriate action, which may include an investigation and report on the issue. If there is a formal complaint then the school’s complaints procedure will be used.

Key Areas in promoting Race Equality

The ethos of the school

  • This race equality policy reflects the ethos of the school.
  • The school has a procedure for dealing with racial harassment which clearly sets out the steps for handling and reporting complaints and incidents.
  • Steps are taken to ensure that everyone associated with the school is kept informed about this racial equality policy and racial harassment procedures, and abides by them.
  • The policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and their effectiveness evaluated, taking into account the views of all sections of the  school community.
  • Reflection of all ethnic groups should be included in all marketing strategies.

Pupils achievements and progress

  • Pupils’ attainment and progress in individual subjects is monitored by ethnic group (and by gender, language and disability).
  • The school develops strategies for tackling differences in the attainment and progress of particular ethnic groups.
  • The school values the achievements and progress of pupils from all ethnic groups.
  • All pupils have equal access to extra-curricular activities.
  • Every pupil is offered the support and guidance they need.
  • Staff challenge racism, stereotyping and promote racial equality in education, employment, training and career choice.
  • Steps are taken to ensure that pupils on work experience are not subjected to racism or racial harassment.

Curriculum, teaching and learning (including language and cultural needs)

  • This school promotes an inclusive curriculum which reflects the multi-ethnic nature of our society.
  • Racial equality and ethnic diversity are promoted and racism and discrimination challenged in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Curriculum planning takes account of the ethnicity, background and language needs of all pupils.
  • Faculty Heads to provide guidance and examples of good practice for colleagues.
  • The school monitors and evaluates its effectiveness in providing an appropriate curriculum for all pupils.
  • The allocation of pupils to teaching groups and optional subjects is fair and equitable to pupils from all ethnic groups.
  • Assessment outcomes are used to: identify the specific needs of minority ethnic pupils, inform policies, planning and the allocation of resources.
  • Teaching methods and styles take account of the needs of pupils from different ethnic groups and encourage positive attitudes to ethnic difference, cultural diversity and racial equality.
  • The school takes active steps to ensure that resources in all areas of the curriculum are inclusive. It promotes a greater understanding of cultural diversity and racial equality. There is acknowledgement of the importance of challenging racism and racial discrimination in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Resources available to meet the specific needs of pupils from minority ethnic groups including dual language resources are used appropriately.

Pupil behaviour, discipline and exclusion

  • The school’s procedures for managing behaviour and disciplining pupils are fair and applied equally to all pupils, irrespective of ethnicity.
  • The school identifies and adopts good practice strategies in order to reduce any differences in rates of exclusion between ethnic groups.
  • The process of excluding a pupil is fair and equitable to all pupils.
  • Strategies to reintegrate long term truants and excluded pupils address the needs of pupils from all ethnic groups.

Racism and racial harassment

  • There is a clear policy and established procedures for dealing with incidents of racism and racial harassment which is understood by everyone in the school community.
  • The monitoring system used by the school enables the school to report the relevant details to Education Leeds on request.

Staff recruitment

  • Recruitment and selection procedures are consistent with the statutory Race Relations Code of Practice in Employment and other Equality legislation.
  • Everyone involved in recruitment and selection adheres to this Code.
  • Steps are taken to encourage people from under represented minority ethnic groups to apply for positions at all levels in the school.
  • The recruitment and selection process is monitored and reviewed to ensure that discrimination is not taking place and to identify examples of good practice.
  • The school takes active steps to ensure that selection for redundancy avoids racial discrimination.

Parents, governors and community partnership

  • Parents are welcome and respected in school.
  • All parents are welcome to become school governors.
  • Governors will be encouraged to play an active role in the life of the school in order to fulfil their monitoring duties.
  • All parents are regularly informed of their child’s progress.
  • The school’s premises and facilities are equally available for use by all ethnic groups.
  • The school encourages community groups to use its facilities for after school activities and for holiday schemes.
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