RACE EQUALITY POLICY 1. Background 1.1 Stokeinteignhead Primary School is situated in a semi-rural part of South Devon. 1.2 There are 99 pupils (as of March 2016) aged 4 – 11 years of age. 0% have English as an Additional Language. 2. Aims and Values 2.1 Stokeinteignhead Primary School welcomes its duties and responsibilities under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. These duties reflect our core aims and values. We are committed to: - 2.2 promoting equality of opportunity - 2.3 promoting good relations between members of different racial, cultural and religious groups and communities - 2.4 eliminating unlawful racial discrimination. In fulfilling our legal duties listed above, we are guided by 3 essential principles: - 2.5 Every pupil should have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards. - 2.6 The importance of creating a climate where every pupil can develop a sense of personal and cultural identity that is confident and open to change and that is receptive and respectful towards other identities. - 2.7 Every pupil should develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need in order to participate in Britain’s multi-ethnic society and in the wider context of an interdependent world. 3. Commitments Stokeinteignhead Primary School is committed to: - 3.1 promoting good race relations, equal opportunities and tackling unlawful racial discrimination. - 3.2 Encouraging, supporting and helping all pupils and staff to reach their potential. - 3.3 Ensuring appropriate support for isolated and potentially marginalised pupils of different racial, cultural and religious groups, including asylum seekers, Refugees, Gypsies and other Travellers. - 3.4 Working with parents, guardians and carers and with the wider community, to challenge and eliminate racial discrimination and to follow and promote good practice. - 3.5 Creating an environment which respects and values cultural, linguistic and religious differences. 4. Responsibilities 4.1 All members of our school community have a responsibility to comply with this policy and its procedures and behave in a manner which respects and values racial, cultural and linguistic diversity. 4.2 The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that: - 4.2.1 the school fulfils its legal responsibilities 2 - 4.2.2 this policy and its related procedures and strategies are implemented, monitored and reviewed. 4.3 The Headteacher is responsible for ensuring that: - 4.3.1 this policy is communicated and made readily available to staff, parents, guardians and carers. - 4.3.2 The policy is implemented - 4.3.3 Staff are aware of their responsibilities - 4.3.4 Appropriate action is taken in any cases of unlawful discrimination - 4.3.5 There is a member of staff responsible for co-ordinating the work on racial equality. In our school that person is the Headteacher. 4.4 All staff are expected to: - 4.4.1 deal with racist incidents that may oocur and report them to the Headteacher. - 4.4.2 Be able to recognise and tackle racial bias and stereotyping - 4.4.3 Promote equal opportunities and good race relations - 4.4.4 Incorporate principles of race equality and diversity into their teaching - 4.4.5 Provide appropriate support for pupils in their class for whom English is an Additional Language. 4.5 Pupils are expected to: - 4.5.1 not use racist language or take part in racist bullying - 4.5.2 treat all members of the school community equally and respect everyone’s individual beliefs and customs - 4.5.3 report all incidents of racism to a member of staff - 4.5.4 understand and follow our school’s Racial Equality Policy, understanding that racism is illegal, not just in our school but across the country. 4.6 Visitors will be made aware of and expected to comply with the school’s Race Equality policy. 5. Policy, Planning and Review 5.1 We will ensure that the principles and procedures listed above apply to the full range of our policies and practices including those that are concerned with: - 5.1.1 pupils’ progress, attainment and assessment - 5.1.2 pupils personal development and pastoral care - 5.1.3 teaching and learning - 5.1.4 admissions and attendance - 5.1.5 curriculum content - 5.1.6 staff recruitment and professional development - 5.1.7 partnerships with parents and other communities - 5.1.8 behaviour, discipline and exclusions. (N.B. to protect individual anonymity, statistical data on assessment / exclusion for black and minority ethnic pupils will not be published separately until and unless a reasonable % is reached which does not implicitly identify individuals and which makes using statistics viable) 5.2 We will promote equality and challenge in a wide range of ways including: - 5.2.1 developing opportunities to celebrate the richness and diversity of different cultures - 5.2.2 dealing with issues of prejudice through assemblies, the curriculum and PSHCE 3 - 5.2.3 reporting racist incidents - 5.2.4 eliminating the use of racial stereotypes and negative images and promoting the use of positive images wherever possible 6. Implementing the Policy 6.1 The school will: - 6.1.1 monitor the implementation of this policy - 6.1.2 monitor racist incidents, take appropriate preventative action and provide support and report such incidents to the LA - 6.1.3 review this policy on a bi-annual basis. 7. Breaches of the policy All racist incidents will be regarded as a serious matter. Any incident of racism by a pupil will be recorded and dealt with using the school’s sanctions. Any incident of racism by a member of staff will be treated as a serious disciplinary matter and dealt with in accordance with the school’s personnel procedures.