Our belief in “equality of opportunity, success and confidence for all” underpins the ethos and approach of The Oaks.
The Equality Act 2010 has replaced and unified all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It aims to ensure that people have equality of opportunity in accessing and experiencing public services. There are two kinds of duty that schools must meet: the general which is the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and the specific. There are two specific duties; these are that schools should:
- publish information which shows compliance with PSED and
- publish at least one equality objective
The Public Sector Equality Duty has three main aims:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the act
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
As part of the annual analysis of provision, pupil progress, attainment and attendance the Leadership Team and key aspect and subject leaders consider the groups protected under the Equality Act (race, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, sexual orientation, religion and belief and sexual orientation.)
- The Oaks Primary has 419 pupils on roll as at October 2016.
- The level of special educational needs in the school (18%) is above the national.
- Most pupils are White British, with 20.53% of pupils being from minority ethnic groups and 14.8% having English as an additional language. There are 22 different first languages.
- There is a gender imbalance across the whole school, (47% females and 53% males). There are significantly more boys in five of the seven year groups.
- Overall attendance for 2015-16 is 95.53%. Persistent absence [below 90%] is 11.42%.
- Attendance of pupils in groups protected by the Equality Act - EAL (95.3%) BEM (94.12%) SEN with Statement/EHCP 82.66%, SEN Support 95.05%.
- Having analysed the data relating to the protected groups, the following objectives have been set:
- By September each year, ensure areas of the school accessed by physically disabled pupils are adapted in line with their needs.
- To promote and enhance community cohesion and a sense of shared belonging to the school and the local community.
- The progress and attainment of pupil premium pupils will be in line with non-pupil premium pupils.