Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
This information sets out our school’s approach to promoting equality, as defined within the Equality Act (2010) which covers the following 9 protected characteristics:
Although the first and last protected characteristic are listed in the Equality Act 2010 and April 2011, they are not listed in the DfE guidance. Age as a protected characteristic does not apply to pupils in schools, so pupils can be treated in ways appropriate to their age and stage of development without risk of legal challenge.
Alexandra Primary School Context
Alexandra Primary School is a 3-form entry school and was formed from the amalgamation of Alexandra Infant School and Alexandra Junior school in 2014. The school is located in a socially and ethnically diverse area of the central part of the west London Borough of Hounslow. The school’s self-evaluation states that 97% of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups with approximately 52 first languages other than English. The largest ethnic groups are Indian (44%), Pakistani (10%) and White Eastern European (11%). 15% of pupils are currently disadvantaged. The school benefits from a relatively stable staff. COVID19 impacted with 7 new staff for Sept 21, 2 being Early Career Teachers.
A large majority (90%) of pupils live within one mile of the school, in a mixture of rented and privately owned homes. Overall, 50% of pupils live in financially challenged, adverse conditions or not in private households. The deprivation level is high because a large number of our families reside in high density, multiple occupancy homes. Additionally, many of our families are not entitled to claim public funds due to their immigration status.
Mobility is high at Alexandra with 81 arrivals, with over half from overseas and 50 leavers during 20-21. This high mobility has an effect on the performance of cohorts at the end of each key stage as pupils have not benefitted from teaching for the full key stage. This can cause difficulties with the organisation of year groups and also issues with the comparison of data as so many pupils may have changed in year. At least 5 different religious groups are represented by our families; 35% Muslims, 25% Hindus, 15% Christians, 4% Sikhs and 2% Buddhist.
Equality – Aims and Values
At Alexandra Primary School we aim to encourage all children to:
… and when children enter their next stages of education and then ultimately employment the young people know that educators and employers want them to have the following attributes; to have…
Alexandra Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school and its community to demonstrably share this commitment, promote our aims and model our values.
To achieve our aims, we have looked at the main values that will underpin them and link together and start from the first day children join Alexandra Primary so that these should be embedded by the time they leave us.
Children should have high aspirations in their school career. Staff, parents and carers will work together to equip children with the skills to perform the best they can whilst at Alexandra. This will then determine success for achievements at school and beyond.
Alexandra Primary School aims to provide equality and excellence for all and promote the highest possible standards of achievement, enjoyment and fulfilment. These aims are promoted through our school Values, specifically:
Aspire, Perform, Succeed
We aim to prepare children for life in a diverse society where they are able to be involved in and celebrate all aspects of that society and are welcomed as part of it.
Our Approach to Promoting Equality and eliminating discrimination
Our Equality policy provides a framework in which we can pursue our duties to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations and positive attitudes between people of diverse backgrounds.
We will ensure that no pupils, staff, parents, carers or any other person through their contact with the school receives less favourable treatment on any grounds. This includes the protected characteristics identified within the Equality Act 2010 i.e. sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy, those undergoing or those who have undergone gender reassignment and age (not pupils).
We also choose to include ethnic or national origin, language, marital or civil partnership status, responsibility for children or other dependants, trade union or political activities, social class, where the person lives and spent convictions that are not related to safeguarding.
The principles of our policy apply to all members of the extended school community, pupils, staff, governors, parents and community members.
Fostering good relationships
We will ensure that our pupils are part of their local community, using local resources and being known and accepted within that community. We also aim to include our various local communities in the life of the school for example, businesses, faith groups, ethnic or language groups, voluntary groups, wider family and friends. In order to help achieve a cohesive community our school aims to:
Advancing equality of opportunity
The school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:
In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:
Roles and Responsibilities
School governors are responsible for:
The Headteacher is responsible for:
All school staff members are responsible for:
Pupils are taught about:
Parents and carers are responsible for:
Visitors and Contractors are responsible for:
Responsibility for overseeing equality practices in the school lies with the Headteacher and the member of the Governing Body linked to equality. These responsibilities include:
Advancing equality of opportunity
We have specific targets in the School Development Plan for the current 2021-2022 academic year and in the schools Equality Policy which specifically promotes equality within our school community:
How does Alexandra Primary comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty?
The school has a range of policies which demonstrate our commitment to actively promoting equality of opportunity for all. The main policies that deal with equality of opportunity are:
Alexandra Primary is inclusive school that cares for every individual child. In doing so, we promote and deliver a range of strategies to ensure that we comply to the Public Sector Equality Duty. Some examples are as follows:
Monitoring, Reviewing and Assessing Impact
The Equality page on the website will be regularly monitored and updated by the Headteacher as necessary.