St Joseph’s Equality Scheme was finally approved in October 2013 following consultation with parents, staff, governors and other parties. This report covers progress and developments since then.
Vision and Values
St Joseph’s remains fully committed to the School’s Vision and Values as set out in the Equality Scheme.
There have been no significant changes to the School Context as set out in the Equality Scheme
The Chair of the Resources Committee led a training session at a staff meeting in late 2013 to bring staff up to date on the School Equality Scheme.
Governors had an in-house training session on Understanding Assessment Data for Primary Schools in March 2015. This covered, inter alia, how to analyse data for certain groups of pupils eg pupil premium pupils, pupils from ethnic groups and pupils with English as an additional language.
Staff training relevant to the School’s Equality Scheme includes
- Talk for Writing
- Growth Mindset
- New assessment Target Tracker
- New Mathematics Curriculum
- New English Curriculum
- Elklan Speech Therapy
- Working with Children with Sensory Problems
All policies are reviewed regularly by Governors and are brought up to date as needed. The Governors rely heavily on the model policies prepared by Hertfordshire County Council.
The Governors at their main meetings regularly review both RAISE ONLINE data and the SEF Report. This enables the performance of specific groups of pupils to be tracked and information sought as needed on performance. St Joseph’s is in the 60th to 80th percentile of schools for children from minority ethnic groups and in the 80th to 100th percentile of schools for children whose first language is not, or is believed not to be, English. So this monitoring is essential to ensuring that all pupils make their best progress.
Different Cultures and Faiths
St Joseph’s is a Catholic school and we have children with parents from many countries. We make strong and positive efforts to celebrate the diversity in the school and to raise the awareness of pupils of other religions and culture.
Activities during the last year or so include
- Other Faiths’ weeks (as part of the RE Curriculum). Pupils learn to respect and appreciate pupils from cultures other than their own; and also learn about the faiths of pupils who do not hold the Christian faith.
- Cross-curricular themes ensure children learn about a range of cultures and develop an awareness of other cultures
- Pupils have many opportunities to participate in and develop their learning through sporting, cultural and arts events (Dance festival, end of year performances, mini Olympics)
- Range of themed weeks/days enable all children to demonstrate their skills and learning to a wider audience e.g. Judaism, Diwala. Year 6, for example, celebrated a Passover meal.
- School is working towards achieving International School Status. Classes are linked with other schools globally.
Full report including Equality Objectives: