Equalities Objectives 2018-2022

Equality Objective 1:

To close the achievement gap by ensuring there is no difference in the progress made by Pupil Premium students or SEND.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty, which applies to all schools, including both LA maintained and Academies. It requires that Settle College must have due regard to the need to:

• Advance equality and opportunity between people who share a prohibited characteristic and people who do not share it.
• Settle College is a smaller than average secondary school.
• Approximately 11% of our students are from low-income families and so qualify for the pupil premium.
• Approximately 11% of our students are on an EHCP, have a statement of special educational needs or are on the special educational needs register within school.

Currently, students that are female and classify as pupil premium have an average attainment 8 score of 36.64 and a progress 8 score of -0.31, while pupil premium boys have an average attainment 8 score of 31.64 and a progress 8 score of -0.23.  Therefore, it is an absolute moral imperative to accelerate progress in order to improve the life-chances of these young people and close the gap.
We believe that social or economic background should not be a barrier to educational success and we will work tirelessly to ensure that it is not. This is our absolute moral imperative and expressed in our strategic vision.
Achieving our mission will not be easy, but our research has shown that it can be achieved,  to achieve this objective we plan to:

• Have high expectations for all and have clear routines for learning
• A whole school focus on literacy and numeracy development, where we have appointed staff from September 2018.
• Ensure all learning is driven by reliable student data
• Have an unwavering focus on results and an expectation that all can succeed
• Offer the very best teaching and support
• Using the Pupil Premium and Catch Up fund effectively is a key part of our strategy for closing the gap (see the website for details of our Pupil Premium allocation, spend and impact).

 

Equality Objective 2

To ensure 100% of students in Year 7-9 participate in at least one extra-curricular activity.
We have chosen this objective because:
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty, which applies to all schools, including both LA maintained and Academies. It requires that Settle College must have due regard  to:

• Foster good relationships across all characteristics, between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
• Approximately 11% of our students are from low-income families and so qualify for the pupil premium. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. We want to ensure that every child at Settle College regularly participates in at least one extra-curricular activity. Research indicates that participating in after school programmes improves performance on measures of academic achievement. There is also evidence that there are wider benefits for low-income students in terms of attendance at school, behaviour and relationships with peers (Education Endowment Foundation).

To achieve this objective we plan to:
• Ensure consistency of clubs available throughout school and cater for all needs.
• We aim to increase take up of after school extra-curricular by having this offer. Whilst there will be a big focus on sport, there will also be many creative and
academic challenges on offer to students.

Equality Objective 3:

To raise achievement in English for boys.

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty, which applies to all schools, including both LA maintained and Academies. It requires that Settle College must have due regard to the need to:

1 Remove or minimise disadvantages
2 Take steps to meet different needs
3 Encourage participation when it is disproportionately low.

We have chosen this objective because:
Boys have shown to achieve less well than girls in English, being more pronounced in Summer 2018.
On analysis of 2018 results, there is a gap between boys and girls achievement of 27.7% at grades 4-9.  Further investigation shows that this impacts directly on the number of boys taking up English at further education.  The school has set an objective to tackle underperformance of boys in English.  In order to do this we plan to undertake a range of activities including skills support, extra revision classes and visiting male authors.  We included monitoring of changes in achievement levels as part of the SIP.

To achieve this objective we plan to:
•  Support and implement strategies to raise boys achievement in English. Alongside the English department employ a literacy co-ordinator across the school, developing working parties and support schemes to appeal to boys. Alongside raising awareness of parents on under achievement of boys and how they can support.