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Diversity and Equality

Equality objectives progress review 2017-18

An academy where everyone feels valued

Derby Pride Academy is committed to the active promotion of equality and opportunity for all.

Derby Pride Academy is an inclusive alternative provision establishment where we focus on the well-being and progress of every learner and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We accept that the community of the academy consists of a diverse population of people. That diversity consists of visible and non-visible differences which include factors such as age, sex, background, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, personality and work style. We work on the premise that harnessing these differences will create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where their talents are being utilised and in which we are all meeting the goals of the academy.

Our objectives are:

  1. All learners are of equal value.
    Whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status, whatever their gender and gender identity, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background and whatever their sexual orientation.

  2. We recognize, respect and value difference and understand that diversity is a strength.
    We take account of differences and strive to remove barriers and disadvantages which people may face, in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

  3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships.
    We actively promote positive attitudes and mutual respect between groups and communities different from each other.

  4. We foster a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
    We want all members of our academy community to feel a sense of belonging within the academy and wider community and to feel that they are respected and able to participate fully in academy life.

  5. We observe good equalities practice for our staff.
    We ensure that policies and procedures benefit all employees and potential employees in all aspects of their work, including in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development.

  6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
    We expect that all students can make good progress and achieve their highest potential.

  7. We work to raise standards for all learners, but especially for the most vulnerable. We believe that improving the quality of education for the most vulnerable groups of students raises standards across the whole academy.

    Update on actions taken to meet objectives in 2016-17
Objective Review of Actions
1. All Learners are of equal value

Our diversity and equality schemes underpin our ethos and the actions to ensure a fair deal for all.

Lessons are differentiated to take account of the differences that may affect a student;s ability to access learning in the same way as others. Learning styles and cognitive ability are assessed and Multi Element Plans are devised to ensure a personalised programme of study is available equally to all our learners.

2. We recognize, respect and value differences and understanding that diversity is strength

We celebrate difference as part of our Personal Development offer. Each week is themed to ensure a balanced delivery of diverse topics such as but not restricted to:

  • World Population Day
  • World Refugee Day
  • Inspirational Young People
  • British Values
  • Respect one-another
  • Anti-bullying
  • Remembrance
  • Black History
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships

The Academy has adopted humanistic approaches to behaviour management. These are underpinned by the three key elements:

  • Genuineness
  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Empathy                                                                                                           
  • This ethos is documented in our Home School Agreement and discussed/signed by the student and parent upon induction to the Academy.
4. We foster a shared sense of cohesion and belonging

Pupils' attitude to Self and School (PASS GL Assessment) data shows evidence that student's attitute to school and learning improves from their assessment at entry to their assessment upon exit.

5. We observe good equalities practice for our staff

The Academy has an excellent record of staff retention with only 1 permanent appointment in the last year. We ensure that polities and procedures benefit all emplyees and potential employees in all aspects of their work, including in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development

6. We have the highest expectations of all our children

The Academy sets challenging targets for student progress; these along with School Improvement Priorities form the basis of staff targets for performance management. The achievement of students and on-going progress is reported to staff and Governors at meetings via the regular updates to commissioners and parents. Impact last year improved on the previous year by 0.03 for the Impact 8 measure and 0.23 for the Impact 5 measure.

7. We work to raise standards for all learners, but especially for the most vulnerable

All students are baselined upon entry with a variety of tests to ascertain the level of ability and vulnerability. We have a catalogue of circa 40 interventions both internal and external to signpost our most vulnerable learners to ensure they get the best possible support whilst with us and beyond.