Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy
Uphill Primary School recognises and celebrates diversity, including that which exists within our pupil and staff populations and the communities we serve. We are committed to advancing equal opportunities for all and eliminating discrimination on any basis, including disability, race, gender, gender identity, age (except pupils), marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, and religion or belief (defined as Protected Characteristics) so that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) underpin all we do.
We recognise the following duties under the Equality Act 2010:-
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
- Foster good relations across characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Regardless of the statutory responsibilities, Uphill Primary School recognises the positive impact that a cohesive and inclusive EDI strategy can achieve. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Ensuring that all students maximise their potential regardless of their background or characteristics.
- Responding to the changing diversity of our students, communities or colleagues and the opportunities this presents.
- Addressing under representation within the work place and in particular within leadership positions. Broad representation is key to ensuring that both pupils and staff have positive role models to provide inspiration and ambition.
- Deliberately pursing strategies to ensure fair and equal pay opportunities for different groups, including addressing the gender pay gap.
- Harnessing the power and leverage of leadership within the school.
- Celebrating the opportunities created through EDI.
At Uphill Primary we recognise that supporting a diverse organisation is a continuous process where long term and sustainable plans are key. We recognise that attracting, advancing, developing, engaging and retaining a diversity of talent is important; alongside delivering equity of opportunity for our pupils and fostering an inclusive culture where differences are valued and enhanced.
Uphill Primary holds a long and deep commitment to welcoming diversity, examples of which are demonstrated on a day-to-day basis throughout the school. The culture of the school supports the aim to positively encourage EDI. Our specific diversity related achievements include:-
- More pupils than the national average, whose English is not their first language, achieve the expected standards or above at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in English and Maths. Pupils from different ethnic backgrounds achieve in line with, or above, their peers by the end of Key Stage 1 in English and Maths.
- We have established a whole school assembly programme which gives consideration to the protected characteristics and focuses children on making the world a better place.
- Opportunities are presented within the curriculum to learn about cultural and religious customs and festivals, including local trips and guest speakers
The pursuit of our EDI strategy is a continuous process and our current objectives are:-
- To extend curriculum opportunities to work with schools within the region, notably Bristol, to engage our pupils with other pupils of a similar age but different backgrounds.
- To close the gender gap in attainment in writing
- To ensure our weekly Council Crew meetings provide opportunities for children to debate and discuss EDI related issues.