Equality Duty

At St Bernard’s we take our legal duties on equality seriously.

We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations.

We are required to publish equality information as well as equality objectives, which show how we plan to reduce or remove particular inequalities or disadvantages. Our Equalities Policy is reviewed and updated annually. Please click on the link below to view the full document.


Equality of Opportunity

We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We want everyone to reach their potential, and we recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.

Eliminating Discrimination

We take seriously our obligation to eliminate discrimination, believing that children should learn to respect others, for they too are made in God’s image.  All racist incidents are dealt with swiftly, logged and reported to governors and the local authority.  Our school vision states that “We will value and respect others and become good citizens of the world”.

Fostering Good Relations for All

We prepare the children for the world they will be living in and raise awareness of the needs of others. Our Personal, Social, Cultural and Health Education and Religious Education curriculum promotes understanding of a range of groups in society.

In addition, fostering good relationships, respecting others between individuals and groups in school is a key part of our daily assemblies.

Equality Objectives for 2014-2015:

  • Improve procedures and provision to support new arrival learners who do not speak English
  • To narrow the gaps in Literacy for identified groups and ensure that interventions are well targeted to meet pupils’ needs, especially for Polish and Indian children.
  • To improve the teaching of higher level English skills to more able bilingual learners
  • To increase opportunities for EAL parents to support EAL children and to improve methods of communication.

Equality Objectives for 2015-2016:

  1. To raise the % of girls achieving at or above national expectations in writing and maths.
  2. To implement new SEND Code of practice and ensure early identification of pupils requiring additional support with learning and develop provision so that the curriculum better supports their achievement.
  3. To accelerate the progress of BME children and those who are new to English in reading and writing
  4. To ensure that pupils in receipt of the pupil premium receive provision to close the gap in attainment in reading and writing, between PP and non-PP pupils

All members of the school community are responsible for promoting the school’s equality policy and are obliged to respect and act in accordance with the policy.

Link to Equality Policy 2017