At Hillcrest we are committed to seeking equality for all members of our school community in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We have strong core values of inclusion, tolerance and respect which permeate our school ethos.
We aim to provide a secure, inclusive and purposeful environment in which we can all learn. All members of our community should feel valued, respected, cared for, and encouraged to grow and develop emotionally, socially and academically. We aim to identify and remove barriers to success for all those in our school community regardless of gender, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability or additional needs.
Our responsibilities lie within the roles of both employer and educator:
- We are an equal opportunities employer, appointing the most suitable people to our team regardless of gender, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability or additional need.
- We actively further the continuous professional development of all staff.
- We value, and actively encourage the engagment of all pupils in all aspects of our curriculum, and aim to provide a curriculum which is equally relevant, inspiring and challenging to all pupils.
- We closely track the achievement of all pupils to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to succeed, and target intervention groups, classroom support and 1 to 1 tutoring as appropriate.
- We identify whole school patterns of achievement related to key groups within the school and address at a strategic level (see SDP Equality Objectives 2017-18 below).
- We encourage all pupils to fully engage with the extended school provision (breakfast club and enrichment programme), directing pupil premium funding to support families in overcoming financial barriers.
- We actively seek opportunities for members of the community representing different religions and minority ethnic groups to lead assemblies and classroom workshops, and contribute to the annual calendar of fundraising and social events.
- We act swiftly and strongly in response to any incident in which one child unkindly highlights the physical or cultural differences of another. These incidents are extremely rare at Hillcrest.
School Development Plan Equality Objectives 2017-2018:
Continue to promote equality through celebrating the school's diverse cultural community:
- PSHE/Assembly timetable focusing on celebrating diversity linked with British Values and equality.
- Strengthen parent community links through Black History Month
- Promote diversity through staff and governor representation
(This was established through one of our parent focus groups - you can find out more by visiting that page on our website)
Reduce the gender gap in key subject areas at specific key stage points:
- Improve boys' writing achievement at end of key stage one
- Improve girls' maths achievement at end of key stage two
You can also learn more about how the school promotes equality by reading our 'Equalities policy', available to download below. You can also download our 'Accessibility Plan' for 2017-2018 below.