Community Cohesion Policy
THE GOVERNORS OF CHURCH ST NICHOLAS CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
St Nicholas Road
Dill Hall Lane
The Reverend Neville Ashton
Church Kirk Rectory
434 Blackburn Road
Telephone 01254 236946
Mrs J Gilbert BEd (Hons) NPQH
St Nicholas CE Primary School
Dill Hall Lane
Tel 01254 381875
Clerk to Governors
Governor Services Office
Area Education Office
The Globe Centre
St James Square
Tel 01254 220588
St Nicholas School aims to provide a Christian setting in which children can realise their full potential and maximise their academic achievement.The school encourages and promotes the spiritual development of all in the school community, providing a firm grounding in the Anglican faith for all its children.
St Nicholas School is committed to forging strong links between school,home, Church and community.
'All our children are special'.
COMMUNITY COHESION POLICY
This Equality Policy sets out the school's approach to promoting community cohesion, equality and diversity. It covers disability, gender and race/ethnicity, in response to the statutory duties on schools to publish disability and gender equality schemes and a race equality policy.
A review of the policy will generate points for action which will be incorporated into our SDP/Action Plan.
- SCHOOL CONTENT
(Description/communities it serves/challenges facing school in regard to community cohesion.)
This smaller than average school serves two parishes in an area of social and economic disadvantage. The vast majority of pupils are from a White British background and about 5% are of Pakistani heritage. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is above average. The school has good links with the churches, clusters of local schools and the Sure Start Nursery.
By community cohesion, we mean working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.
- SCHOOL AIMS
At St Nicholas CE Primary School, we aim to provide equality and excellence for all in order to promote the highest possible standards.
Our policy is based on the following core values:
We want all our children to:
- experience a broad and balanced curriculum
- develop lively enquiring minds and a love of learning
- have hig+h self esteem
- work with independence
- value and care for others
- be successful
- have their achievements celebrated
- feel safe
- become good citizens
- become positive contributors to the international community
- care for their environment
- be self-disciplined and courteous.
We want all staff to:
- continue raising our high standards of teaching and learning
- develop professionally
- feel valued and supported
- be successful
- have job satisfaction
- enjoy a healthy work-life balance.
We want all parents to:
- feel welcome in school
- work in partnership with teachers
- be well informed by clear communication.
We want all governors to:
- work as friends and partners of the school
- know the school and staff well
- offer constructive advice
- promote the school in the wider community.
We want the wider community to:
- develop good relations with our school
- broaden our horizons.
We aim to encourage a love of learning and thereby make every day a rewarding experience for children and staff.
We aim to help children:
- to develop lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question and argue rationally;
- to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding;
- to use language and numbers with confidence and enthusiasm;
- to develop respect for religious and moral values and tolerance towards ways of life that differ from their own;
- to understand the world in which they live and the independence of individuals, groups and nations;
- to respect and care for other people and the environment;
- to grow in aesthetic awareness and make best use of opportunities for their creativity and imagination;
- to develop agility and physical co-ordination and the ability to express themselves through movement;
- to develop habits of self-discipline, acceptable behaviour, courtesy and good manners.
We guide each child towards fulfilling their potential:
- through the provision of high quality education and resources;
- through encouragement and high expectation;
- be developing self-esteem and fostering self-confidence;
- by providing a happy and safe environment in which he/she may work confidently;
- by ensuring progression through the setting of appropriate goals;
- by preparing him/her for future education and a fulfilling life.
Our vision for St Nicholas CE Primary School is:
'That everyone involved with our school believes that responsibility and respect are at the centre of our school.
We are developing tolerant citizens of the future, who are independent, enthusiastic life-long learners.'
These aims are designed to ensure that the school meets the needs of all, taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, disability, ability, sexual orientation, age and social circumstances. We strive to include and engage all pupils and prepare them for full participation in a diverse society.
This school will take steps to:
- promote equality of opportunity and access
- promote racial equality and good race relations
- oppose all forms of prejudice and negative discrimination
- ensure pupils with a disability have access to the school buildings and to the curriculum.
- ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
All who work in the school have a responsibility for promoting equality and inclusion, and avoiding unfair discrimination.
Our governors are responsible for:
- making sure the school complies with all current equality legislation
- making sure this policy and its procedures are followed.
The Headteacher is responsible for:
- making sure the policy is readily available and that the governors, staff, pupils and their parents know about it
- making sure its procedures are followed
- producing regular information for staff and governors about the policy and how it is working, and providing training for them on the policy, if necessary
- making sure all staff know their responsibilities and receive training and support in carrying these out
- taking appropriate action in cases of harassment and discrimination.
All our staff are responsible for:
- dealing with racist, sexist and homophobic incidents, and being able to recognise and tackle bias and stereotyping
- promoting equality and good community relations and avoiding discrimination against anyone for reasons of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic circumstances
- taking training and learning opportunities.
Responsibility for overseeing equality practices in the school is as follows:
- co-ordinating and monitoring work on equality issues (Head/Deputy Head)
- dealing with and monitoring reports of harassment, including racist and homophobic incidents (Head/Deputy Head)
- monitoring the progress and attainment of vulnerable groups of pupils, eg black/minority ethnic pupils, including Gypsies (Inclusion Manager for EAL).
- monitoring exclusions (Head/Deputy Head).
Policy Into Practice
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
- All subject areas will be reviewed annually to ensure the curriculum promotes awareness of diversity, shared values, exploration of identity and human rights where appropriate and this will be monitored by the Community Cohesion Leader.
- Teaching methods will, where appropriate, encourage discussion, questioning and reflection - Circle Time, Philosophy for Children, collaborative learning etc and this will be monitored through planning documentation.
- Staff will receive relevant training and support to ensure they feel confident in promoting discussions around sensitive issues.
- Subject leaders will monitor teaching, learning, resources and the curriculum in their subject area to ensure they meet the aims of this policy.
Equality and Excellence
- In line with our Equalities Policy, data will be rigorously analysed to identify pupils at risk of underachieving and appropriate intervention strategies will be utilised.
- We will work collaboratively with our pupils to form focus groups to address barriers to achievement.
Engagement and Extended Services
- We intend to develop links with other schools which are curriculum based and encourage communication on a range of topics.
- We will develop links with organisations in the local community eg old people's homes, charities etc.
- Develop opportunities for consulting and engaging with pupils, encouraging them to contribute to the evaluation and improvement of their school community.
- Monitoring and Assessment
This policy will be regularly monitored and reviewed by staff and governors to ensure that it is effective in tackling discrimination, promoting access and participation, equality and good relations between different groups, and that it does not disadvantage particular sections of the community.
The Headteacher will make sure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities under the policy.
This policy will be reviewed at 2 yearly intervals.
The review date will be May 2012.