Equality Statement

Palm Bay Primary School Equality Statement and Objectives

At Palm Bay we are committed to:

  • Ensuring that all pupils have access to the curriculum
  • Advancing equality of opportunity by ensuring that teaching, learning and the curriculum promote equality and community cohesion and celebrate diversity
  • Eliminating any discrimination, harassment or victimisation, and ensuring that no one is unfairly disadvantaged due to a protected characteristic

In a pupil survey (December 2017), 92% of children agreed or strongly agreed with the following statements:

“My school helps me to learn about and respect people in our community”

“My school helps me to learn about and respect people from different faiths and cultures and to treat everyone equally”

Palm Bay Primary School supports the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.  Through our policies and actions we undertake to ensure that every child and young person is healthy, safe, are able to enjoy and achieve in their learning experience, and is able to contribute to the wider community.  Some examples of how this is achieved include:

  • Ensuring our core value of ‘Respect’ permeates all aspects of school life
  • Adhering consistently to our rigorous Behaviour Policy, which is underpinned by restorative approaches, reflective conversations and logical consequences
  • Logging racist incidents, and incidents of discrimination and bullying and reporting them to the local authority
  • Taking a totally inclusive approach to the selection of pupils involved in extra-curricular events, including sports and the arts
  • Ensuring that all our classrooms are EAL and dyslexia ‘friendly’ – using consistent visual timetables, signs, symbols and non-verbals throughout the school
  • Celebrating cultural, ethnic and religious diversity through Language of the Month, assemblies and workshops, multi-faith celebrations, PSHE, Philosophy for Children and our RE Curriculum
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to engage in politics, including staging mock referenda and elections
  • Fostering and maintaining strong local community links including visits to Homefern Retirement Home, Trinity Community Centre’s monthly ‘Friendship Tea’, the ‘Memory Club’ for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s at Margate Bowling Club and our longstanding support for the Cliftonville-based Oasis Domestic Violence Charity
  • Providing 1-1 and small-group swimming lessons for pupils with SEND
  • Providing additional opportunities for SEND pupils to access beach and forest school

At Palm Bay we recognise that there are some groups of pupils for whom differences in progress and achievement persist when compared to all pupils.  The school is taking active measures to diminish these differences and, therefore, our Equality Objectives for 2018-2021 are:

  1. To narrow the Pupil Premium gap in Reading, Writing and Maths in all year groups
  2. To accelerate progress for pupils with SEND
  3. To narrow the gap between boys and girls, particularly in Literacy, through providing a rich and engaging curriculum and maximising teaching approaches that boys respond well to
  4. To further promote understanding and respect for differences, including SEND and people from different faiths and cultures
  5. To provide training for all staff and governors on equality and diversity