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Equality Statement and objectives 23-24

What is the Public Sector Equality Duty?

The Public Sector Equality Duty is a duty on public authorities to consider or think about how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. Private organisations and individuals don’t have to comply with the duty.

Who is protected under the Equality Act?

People who are protected under the Act have what’s called protected characteristics.

The characteristics that are protected in relation to the public sector equality duty are:

• age

• disability

• gender reassignment

• marriage and civil partnership

• pregnancy and maternity

• race

• religion or belief

• sex

• sexual orientation

Marriage and civil partnership are also protected characteristics under the Equality Act but it's not covered by the public sector equality duty.

The Coop Academies Trust Equality Objectives (2018)

These equality objectives were approved by the Trust Board on 13 July 2018, and are published on the Trust’s website as part of our commitment to the Public Sector Equality Duty.

1 – Each academy will monitor and analyse pupil achievement and progress by ethnicity, gender and disability, and act on any trends or patterns in this data which identify the need for additional support for pupils with the aim of narrowing the gap for equality groups.

2 – Each academy will publish a statement setting out the actions they intend taking to advance equality, diversity & inclusion during the forthcoming academic year (or from their date of joining the Trust). A report will be provided by the Headteacher / Principal, on request annually, to enable Trust-wide reporting.

3 – The Trust will ensure, as it adopts a Trust-wide HR information system, that this incorporates the ability to provide robust reporting on and monitoring of equalities data.

4 – The Trust will further develop reporting on its gender pay gap and – in future – other pay gaps e.g. ethnicity. It will take positive action to reduce these gaps where possible.

5 – The Trust will take steps to address the risk of “unconscious bias”, initially by raising awareness of this facet of equality and diversity through leadership training, and by introducing ‘blind recruitment’ for all roles across the Trust.

Co-op Academy Nightingale

Our pupils are rich and diverse. The school community provides language, culture and experiences from around the world that creates our school setting - unique, diverse and vibrant. We strive to develop a sense of belonging: to our school, Leeds, Yorkshire and the United Kingdom. We are proud of our location in Harehills, Leeds and want our pupils and community to feel pride in who they are, what they are and who they represent irrespective of sex, race, colour ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or socio-economic circumstance. Therefore,

our equality objectives for 2022-2023 are:

Equality Objective

To Achieve this objective, we plan to:

Progress toward achieving objective:

To ensure the school taught curriculum takes into account context, background, demographic of our pupils and promotes understanding and respect for difference.

- Identify opportunities in the curriculum to look at other cultures/countries, study significant people and events from a diverse range including prominent BAME figures and events.

- Use the curriculum as an opportunity to

celebrate festivals of a range of cultures and


- Use events like, Olympics, WW1 centenary as an opportunity to explore other cultures.

- the children’s identity are

represented in the learning environment

To continue to improve outcomes for key groups including Disadvantaged and SEND

- Plan and deliver interventions to address

gaps in learning as identified through ongoing assessment.

- Ensure reasonable adjustments are in place

to break down learning barriers for these


- SENCo to support teachers in effective

strategies to support the learning progress

for individuals or groups

To continue to improve provision for pupils for whom English is an additional language, particularly new arrivals at the early stage of English acquisition

- EAL lead to monitor and support strategies that are put in place to ensure learning is made

accessible for all learners

- Use of programmes like Makaton and wigit to make work accessible for EAL learners

- Attendance officer to ensure the family is supported via an

informative and supportive induction meeting prior to starting school

- In class teachers will select pupils to

buddy/mentor new arrivals. This includes the ‘Young interpreter’ programme overseen by our EAL lead

- Teachers to make early assessment of EAL

needs and identify appropriate interventions

To ensure pupils have consistently high levels of attendance with a particular focus on our Disadvantaged, SEND and EAL learners

- Attendance data shared with staff frequently in assembly (fortnightly and end of half term)

and to reward and celebrate excellent examples of attendance

- Review school’s attendance policy and

procedures regarding attendance leading to

earlier intervention for historical PA pupils

- Work closely with the local attendance authority officer to target those parents/carers whose child/ren’s attendance is poor without good reason

At Co-op Academy Nightingale we:

  • Believe that diversity is a strength, which should be reflected and celebrated by all who learn, teach and visit Co-op Academy Nightingale.
  • Tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes, creating an environment which champions respect for all.
  • Provide an environment which enables every pupil to be safe and encourages health.
  • Believe that every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
  • Value every individual and enable them to enjoy their learning, achieve their full potential and economic well-being.
  • Enable every pupil to make a positive contribution to their school and community.
  • Identify and respond to the diverse and individual needs of our community members.
  • Identify and overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • Set appropriate learning challenges for every pupil.
  • Promote the development of staff to enable them to deliver an exciting, challenging and inclusive curriculum, whilst keeping abreast of local and national changes.
  • We will review the progress towards achieving our objectives termly alongside the equality and diversity governor

Approved: September 2022

Last Reviewed: September 2023

Next Review: September 2024