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Equalities

Hangleton Primary School is committed to eliminating discrimination so that all our children and those who work here achieve their best and are able to access all the learning and social opportunities provided by the school.  This is our first year as a primary school and equalities are a big part of our school development plans.  Previously, we were two separate schools – Hangleton Infant School and Hangleton Junior School.  From September 2016, we became a primary school.  Our school vision echoes this commitment:  “Together, we inspire, we respect and we achieve”

The Equalities Act 2010 requires schools to publish information to show how we are working to:

  • Eliminate discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic* and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between groups of people

*Protected characteristics the term used in the Equality Act to describe a range of different groups, including:

  • Disabled pupils and those with Special Educational Needs
  • Gender, including gender reassignment and transgender pupils
  • Minority ethnic pupils
  • Pupils for whom English is an additional language
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children
  • Religion or belief

As a school we also consider other groups of pupils such as

  • Looked after pupils
  • Pupils who have been or are eligible for free school meals
  • Young carers

This forms part of our published information and it needs to be considered alongside the following policies/publications:  Our specific objectives for 2016 – 2018 (see below), Anti-bullying policy, PSHE policy, SEN policy, Pupil Premium Policy, Equalities Policy, Recruitment Policy and our behaviour policy.

As a new primary school, we are working hard to develop our ethos where the individual child matters.  We aim to make each individual feel valued and we work hard to teach our pupils to do the same.  We want our school to be inclusive and for all our children to feel safe, valued and welcome.  We believe that by learning about each other and developing a positive learning environment, our children will learn better at school and in life.  We recognise that children have the same rights but different needs.  Therefore, we strive to give all children what they need.  We believe that by giving every child what they need, not giving every child the same, our children will achieve the best they can.

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Where we are now
We are at the start of our journey as a primary school and we want to work hard to tackle discrimination in our school community.  In our first term as a Primary school, we conducted an in-school survey to ask the children how safe they feel at school.  We are also working hard on really listening to our pupil voice through children’s suggestions, the school council and dealing with issues at lunchtime and playtime so that children feel heard.  

We will be working hard to achieve our aims.  (Please see below.)  We value any contributions you have.  Please contact Lizzie Mullarky (Head of School) with any ideas or if you need more information.

Our equality aims for Hangleton Primary School 2016 – 2019

To ensure our equalities message is clear in our community, we will

  • Set up an equalities group of children from school who lead and monitor the work we do
  • Keep equalities high on our agenda by ensuring it is part of our School Development Plans
  • Regularly report on our equalities work through governors, the school website and newsletters

How will we eliminate discrimination?

What we do now

  • We have clear guidelines on how to record bullying
  • We have had a whole school survey on feeling safe at school
  • We are developing a programme of assemblies focussing on bullying and speaking out against it
  • We have a helping hand in each class that shows the  adults that you can talk to in school if you are worried
  • We have posters around the school of people to talk to if you have a problem
  • We have a method of children reporting worries for each class
  • We have a parent multicultural group to support our thinking as a school
  • We have a governor who leads on equalities in school and is active in the Brighton and Hove community
  • We have had a multicultural week at school to learn about our diverse community
  • We have a clear anti-bullying policy written and developed by the children

What are our key aims?

  • To have clear guidelines on what discriminatory language is and how best we can tackle this
  • To challenge stereotypes through challenging discriminatory language, reviewing our curriculum and inviting visitors to our school
  • To ensure that all of our different families are represented, welcomed and valued in our school community
  • To reduce the % of children who say they have been bullied and that it has not been dealt with well
  • To reduce the reported number of racist or bullying incidents by term
  • To develop a new accessibility plan with involvement from parents

How will we advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic* and people who do not share it?

What we do now

  • We rigorously track different groups of children and identify gaps and look at how we can close them through year group action plans and through school development plans
  • We have set up a PP working party to think of innovative ways to enrich life opportunities for children
  • We have set up a PP agenda of “Pupil premium first”, when offering interventions and support
  • We ensure that children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium are able to access school trips and visits through access to extra funding
  • We make sure all our disabled children have a care plan in place
  • We work with the EMAS staff to ensure the needs of BME and EAL children are met within school
  • We work with families to ensure we can support the needs of their children, e.g. supporting young carers

What are our key aims?

  • To track the academic progress and attendance of our children with a disability to ensure they are making good progress
  • To ensure our LAC children make good progress at school
  • To ensure children on the PP register without SEN make at least the same as, if not better, progress than all children during each academic year
  • To ensure children in receipt of PP have clear access to interventions to support them to close the gap
  • To monitor the progress of all minority ethnic children and to work to ensure they are reaching their full potential
  • To develop learning stories for children with ASC

How will we foster good relations between groups of people?

What we do now

  • We have cross year group working through reading buddies, playground buddies and golden time opportunities
  • We provide a fair access to clubs through prioritising groups and making funds available
  • We raise money for different charities throughout the school year including Children In Need, Save the Children and Sports Relief/Comic Relief
  • We use the Brighton and Hove PSHE curriculum and RE lessons to support understanding of our own similarities and differences and those of different faith groups 
  • We hold a multicultural week to develop an understanding of the different cultures and backgrounds of all our children
  • We have French lessons from Year 1 to Year 6

What are our key aims?

  • To develop our curriculum map so that it is clear where children in each year group have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, countries and languages
  • To work with our Muslim parents so more Muslim children take part in residential trips in Years 5 and 6
  • To have an assembly plan that goes across KS1 and KS2 that tackles issues around discrimination, fostering good relationships and celebrating other faiths
  • To develop relationships in our local community e.g. local charity work, visits within the community
  • To use sociograms in key year groups to support children who need to develop friendships

Diversity Information

Hangleton Primary School is a large urban school in Hangleton Valley on the western side of Brighton and Hove.  The school is situated in mainly private housing with two large council estates on either side.  There are three forms in each year group from Reception to Year 6.

Over the past five years, our cohort of children is changing – with more children attending who are classified as pupil premium children, meaning they are entitled to free school meals either now or in the last six years.  99% of children attend a pre-school placement before arriving in Reception.  Attainment on entry is generally in line or just below age-related expectations, though this is cohort dependent. 

Attendance at school is very good.  Last year’s attendance was 

SCHOOL CONTEXT*

There are 624 children of which 298 are boys and 326 are girls.

GROUP

TOTAL AND %

NATIONAL %

PUPIL PREMIUM

137 (23%)

26%

EAL

75 (12%)

19.5%

SEN

76 + 4 D (12%)

13%

BME

125 (20%)

30.7%

There is a range of different language background that the children come from which include Albanian, Bengali, Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Farsi, Korean, Kurdish, Malayam, Slovak, Spanish, Telugu,  Turkish and Urdu with a larger number of children also speaking Arabic.  You will find all the different languages that are spoken on the door of our classrooms.
 
This will be reviewed each year in January and targets will be set again in 2019.
Please click HERE to view our Accessibility Plan.

Lizzie Mullarky – Equalities January 2016

*School context data changed September 2016

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