March 2015 (Review March 2016)
We believe we give all our children full access to the National Curriculum and we enable them to achieve the highest academic and personal standards of which they are capable by providing them with challenges and the life skills that they need in order to take their place in society. We want all our children to succeed.
We see the development of English, Mathematics, Science and I.C.T. as central to our curriculum work, balanced with the humanities and expressive arts. The experiences of the children are also enriched by a range of planned extra-curricular activities.
We strive to provide a curriculum that all pupils will find enjoyable and understand the relevance of their lessons. This can only be achieved by using the experience, enthusiasm and specialism of individual teachers who provide interesting, relevant, purposeful and differentiated lessons based on real-life experiences, wherever possible, in a structured well ordered classroom environment.
We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. We believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.
- To provide a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum
- To provide an environment that is fun, stimulating and challenging to all pupils.
- To promote an awareness of and respect for a diversity of cultures, values, beliefs and abilities.
- To equip children with a range of skills and a desire for lifelong learning.
- To work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve this policy.
Responsibility for the Policy and Procedure
Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body has:
- delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel and stakeholders are aware of and comply with this policy;
- responsibility for ensuring that the school complies with all equalities legislation;
- nominated a designated Equalities governor (Chair of Governors) to ensure that appropriate action will be taken to deal with all prejudice related incidents or incidents which are a breach of this policy;
- responsibility for ensuring funding is in place to support this policy;
- responsibility for ensuring this policy and all policies are maintained and updated regularly;
- responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents;
- responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy
Role of the Headteacher
The Headteacher will:
- ensure all school personnel, pupils and parents are aware of and comply with this policy;
- work closely with the governing body;
- provide leadership and vision in respect of equality;
- provide guidance, support and training to all staff;
- monitor the effectiveness of this policy;
Role of the Subject Leader
- There will be a subject leader for key curriculum areas
- Each subject leader reviews progress of their curriculum subject and reports this to the Headteacher and other members of staff.
Role of School Personnel
School personnel will:
- comply with all aspects of this policy;
- undertake careful planning of all areas of the curriculum but will be encouraged to take time to react and to develop those unexpected moments which will further develop children’s experiences;
- be encouraged to develop the curriculum by using the range of cultures that we have within the school;
- maximize learning opportunities by encouraging and developing parental involvement;
- use a range of teaching and learning styles to address the needs of all children;
- implement the school’s equalities policy and schemes;
- report and deal with all incidents of discrimination;
- attend appropriate training sessions on equality;
- report any concerns they have on any aspect of the school community
Role of Pupils
- learn to take pride in their work;
- produce work of a high standard;
- be encouraged to bring in their own items and information in order to enhance and to take ownership of a topic;
- listen carefully to all instructions given by the teacher;
- ask for further help if they do not understand;
- participate fully in all lessons;
- participate in discussions concerning progress and attainment;
- treat others, their work and equipment with respect;
- support the school code of conduct and guidance necessary to ensure the smooth running of the school;
- talk to others without shouting and will use language which is neither abusive nor offensive;
- hand in homework properly completed and on time;
- wear correct uniform
- liaise with the school council;
- take part in questionnaires and surveys
Role of Parents
- be aware of and comply with this policy;
- be encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school by attending:
- parents and open evenings
- parent-teacher consultations
- class assemblies
- school concerts
- fundraising and social events
- be encouraged to work in school as volunteers;
- be encouraged to become involved in curriculum development by helping in school, taking part in curriculum focus weeks and by maximizing learning opportunities between home and school;
- be encouraged to organise after school clubs or groups;
- be asked to take part in periodic surveys conducted by the school;
- ensure regular and punctual attendance;
- notify school on the first day of pupil absence;
- not take children on holiday in non-term time
- encourage effort and achievement;
- encourage completion of homework and return it to school;
- provide the right conditions for homework to take place;
- ensure homework is completed on time;
- support the school code of conduct and guidance necessary to ensure smooth running of the school;
- ensure correct school uniform is worn
Long, medium and short term planning will comply with Government statutory requirements.
Standards will be monitored by:
- looking at pupils work
- lesson observations
- pupil discussions
- auditing subjects
- scrutinizing planning
- general curriculum discussions
Monitoring will be undertaken by members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Geography, History, Science, ICT, PSHE and Citizenship, Art and Design and Technology will be taught distinctly or as part of topics.
Educational Visit and Visitors
- We actively encourage educational visits to link in with topic work.
- Invited speakers will enhance the experiences of the children.
All parents are informed via the school website and termly newsletters of their child’s topics. They are also actively encouraged to help in any way they can.
- We aim to promote an awareness of and respect for a diversity of cultures, values, beliefs and abilities.
- We look for ways to encourage both boys and girls in all subject areas.
- By careful monitoring we encourage those underachieving in certain areas.
Teachers’ planning caters for the wide ability range by including differentiated opportunities in order for all children to make progress.
Raising Awareness of this Policy
We will raise awareness of the curriculum via:
- the school website
- meetings with parents such as introductory, transition, parent-teacher consultations and periodic curriculum workshops
- meetings with school personnel
- communications with home such as weekly newsletters and end of half term newsletters
We ensure all school personnel have equal chances of training, career development and promotion.
Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guidelines concerning equal opportunities.
Equality Impact Assessment
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
This policy has been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.
Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy
The practical application of this policy will be reviewed bi-annually or when the need arises by the Headteacher.