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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Our Equality Objectives

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of data and other information. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. We will regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.

OBJECTIVE 1

To ensure all students from disadvantaged backgrounds progress significantly above national standards for disadvantaged children Why we have chosen this objective: It is central to our ethos and moral purpose that all students, regardless of their background, believe in their potential and are equipped with qualifications which will enable them to access future learning opportunities and employment success. Social equality and mobility is attainable through education. To achieve this objective we plan to: ▪ use our progress data intelligently to identify and monitor groups and individuals; ▪ maintain awareness and accountability for these students through: line management; meeting times; staff CPD sessions; and sharing of best practice; and ▪ consider appropriate support strategies which may include: mentoring; support/catch up sessions; IT solutions. Progress we are making towards this objective: Teaching staff use information on their classes effectively to “know” their students. Data will be reviewed in the Summer Term. Ratified at FGB 30 Mar 2021

OBJECTIVE 2

To ensure that students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds progress significantly above national standards for students from those groups. Why we have chosen this objective: We are committed to equality and recognize the need to ensure that our aims are aligned to outcomes. To achieve this objective we plan to: ▪ use our progress data intelligently to identify and monitor groups and individuals; ▪ maintain awareness and accountability for these students through: line management; meeting times; staff CPD sessions; and sharing of best practice; and ▪ consider appropriate support strategies which may include: mentoring; support/catch up sessions; IT solutions. Progress we are making towards this objective: Data will be reviewed in the Summer Term.

OBJECTIVE 3

Develop relationships with the community we serve to enable their expertise and experience to inform our decision making and the lived educational experience of our students. Why we have chosen this objective: To ensure that all members of the school community and their families feel valued, heard and included. The BLM responses in 2020 stimulated much discussion within the whole school community (students, staff and families) and provided a catalyst for inclusive engagement appertaining to race. Topical discourse and decision making related to gender identity, sexuality and Relationship and Sexual Education have stimulated the need to engage with all stakeholders on these sensitive issues. To achieve this objective we plan to: Develop working groups within school among staff and students, and to include families. Findings from these forums will help navigate and shape future strategy, systems, approaches and decision-making. Progress we are making towards this objective: In the Spring Term 2021 a staff group was created to focus on race and diversity. The forum is currently building trust and dialogue in order to listen and consider short, medium and longer term actions that can be undertaken to address the issues and concerns raised. The group is currently called BAME but may revise that. A parallel group for allies of the main group will be initiated in the Summer Term 2021. The consultation on the Relationship and Sex Education policy will provide further engagement with our community stakeholders including staff and student families.

OBJECTIVE 4

To ensure all students are engaged with wider school life and enrichment opportunities, and to address any obstacles to engagement that may be rooted in issues related to the equalities mandate. Why we have chosen this objective: We are committed to the self-actualisation, academic success and wider engagement of all students. In order to ensure this commitment is realized, we understand the importance of ensuring it is continually promoted, monitored and improved. Additionally, it is vital that all opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all, and that any obstacles to that engagement are identified and addressed. Ratified at FGB 30 Mar 2021 To achieve this objective we plan to: Analyse internal and external data sources, including qualitative and quantitative intelligence. Analyses will inform practice and strategy. Progress we are making towards this objective: To be added

OBJECTIVE 5

Train all members of staff and governors involved in recruitment and selection on equal opportunities and non-discrimination at beginning of the next academic year. Training evaluation data will show that 100% of those attending have a good understanding of the legal requirements. Why we have chosen this objective: To ensure that the equalities agenda is fully understood and taken on board by all adults working within our learning community. Greater appreciation of the agenda will enable self-reflection, organizational reflection and ongoing commitment to ensure equality is manifest in the lived experience of our students. To achieve this objective we plan to: Plan for training in September 2021 for all staff involved in the recruitment and selection of staff. Progress we are making towards this objective: Training is planned.

OBJECTIVE 6

To encourage applications from people with disabilities and to ensure we demonstrate commitment to all employees in meeting their needs whilst working within our school. Why we have chosen this objective: To outwardly communicate our inclusive ethos to prospective and existing employees, as well as the wider community. To encourage applications from people with disabilities and demonstrate our commitment to ensuring existing employees feel supported to contribute and thrive within our school. We wish to help address the under-representation of people with disabilities in the school workforce. To achieve this objective we plan to: To apply to the Government “Disability Confident” scheme at Level 1, “committed”. To incorporate the “Disability Confident” (formerly known as the Two Ticks Scheme) badge into our job advertisements, website and letterhead. Progress we are making towards this objective: In March 2021 we are evaluating the scheme and intending to apply.

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