Equality statement

At Chesterton Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.

The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. At Chesterton Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

Equality Target 2020-2022

Objective 1: Ensure the whole curriculum represents our diverse community.

Why we have chosen this objective: We serve a diverse community of families, we want to ensure they are well represented in the curriculum we deliver to ensure all pupils feel empowered and have a positive self-image.

To achieve this objective we plan to: subject leaders to audit their curriculum area to ensure there is diversity entrenched within the curriculum. Commit to participation in the three-year CLPE Reflecting Realities project to develop the literature used within the school across the curriculum, evaluating it for representative and inclusive content by a range of diverse and inclusive illustrators and authors. A rich stock of representative books have been carefully chosen to use in our classroom book corners, school library and in reading lessons.

Objective 2: Ensure all pupils are provided with the support they need to make good academic progress and to become a well-rounded citizen.

Why we have chosen this objective: Due to COVID there are pupils with gaps in their knowledge. We want to ensure every pupil is provided with opportunities to fill these gaps and make progress in line with their personal targets. We also know that some pupils may be experiencing worries and anxiety related to COVID. We want to ensure the curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to be taught strategies to manage their feelings and emotions so that it does not become a barrier to learning or their life chances.

To achieve this objective we plan to: continue to provide all pupils with high quality teaching and learning whilst carefully assessing gaps in pupil’s knowledge and adjusting the curriculum accordingly. Provide additional support and differentiated learning where appropriate for pupils who need it through the running of carefully planned catch up session before and after school. Promote a sense of optimism and hope which underpins the ethos of the school. Use the learning pit and life ladders to promote positive learning behaviours, train staff in trauma informed strategies to provide children with ways to deal with their emotions, provide opportunities across the curriculum to learn about mental health and well-being, including working with CAMHS and other external service. Make timely referrals if necessary.