“At St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic School….respect is the foundation of all relationships. Everyone is treated fairly, equally and justly.” [School Mission Statement]

This policy applies to all governors, staff, pupils, parents and visitors to the school, including all contractors.

What kind of school are we?

St Cecilia’s is an 11-16 Roman Catholic School serving local Catholic communities. Our mission is to provide an excellent education for all children.

St Cecilia’s is a small school with 471 pupils on roll (Sept 2008). The vast majority of pupils are from a white British background. There are a growing number of visible ethnic minority pupils, as well as ten pupils from The Polish community for whom English is a second language.

Pupils come from a full range of social and economic backgrounds, with about a quarter from socially deprived areas.

St Cecilia’s is founded on Catholic Christian principles. Its fundamental mission is to assist parents in the development of their children as mature Catholic Christians, within the national education system, striving towards the achievement of the highest academic standards.

Aims of the race equality policy

Our race equality policy builds upon the Mission Statement, our core values and ethos of our whole school community.  We recognize our statutory duty to eliminate racial discrimination and promote race equality and good race relations in all that we do.  This policy will be an integral part of our school life. We recognize as Catholic Christians that all people are children of God and are equal in his eyes.

Leadership, Management and Governance

The Governing Body is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, good race relations and eliminating unlawful racial discrimination.  The governors expect all staff, pupils and parents to support us in this work.  We will monitor carefully the implementation of this policy and its related procedures and strategies in order to improve our practice.  We will ensure that all our current policies are assessed for their impact on different racial groups.  The governors will develop their knowledge and understanding of race equality.

It will be the responsibility of the headteacher to ensure that this policy is successfully implemented and that all those who work in the school understand what they are to do and have appropriate training and support.  The headteacher will ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event that this policy is not complied with.  All staff have a responsibility for ensuring that the policy is implemented fully. Mr Caulfield is the member of the senior management team with designated responsibility for race equality.  Responsibilities will include the monitoring and reporting of racist incidents to the governing body and the LEA.

The governors expect that all staff will know how to recognise and deal with racist incidents, and to challenge racial bias and stereotyping, both inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching staff have a central role in promoting race equality.  The effectiveness of our policies will be judged by how successfully they encourage, support and enable all pupils to reach their full potential; by how they ensure that all racial groups have full access to the curriculum and by how they promote race equality through teaching and learning, the curriculum and the quality of pastoral care and guidance.

How the school will fulfil its commitment to race equality

Ethos

St Cecilia’s will fulfil its commitment to race equality by valuing diversity and by actively promoting good inter-personal and community relationships.

St Cecilia’s will fulfil its commitment to race equality by promoting an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust among all members of the school community.

St Cecilia’s will fulfil its commitment to race equality by ensuring that all staff, pupils and parents are treated with respect and dignity.

Racism/racial harassment

St Cecilia’s will fulfil its commitment to race equality by dealing firmly, consistently and effectively with racist incidents, harassment and bullying.  The school will ensure that all such incidents are recorded, investigated and reported to the LEA.

Curriculum/teaching and learning

St Cecilia’s will fulfil its commitment to race equality by ensuring that the curriculum incorporates the principles of race equality and promotes knowledge and understanding of, and positive attitudes towards diversity.

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by ensuring access to the curriculum for all pupils to meet their individual needs.

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by ensuring that teachers’ planning and delivery takes account of racial and cultural diversity and the need to challenge stereotypes.

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by creating learning environments where all pupils can contribute fully and feel valued.

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by ensuring that resources in all areas of the curriculum promote an understanding of racial and cultural diversity.

Achievement/attainment/assessment/progress

At St Cecilia’s we will fulfil our commitment to race equality by having procedures to monitor attainment and achievement by racial group in order to identify and respond to trends and patterns.  The school will strive to maintain equally high expectations of all pupils.

Attendance

At St Cecilia’s we will fulfil our commitment to race equality by monitoring pupil attendance by racial group and by using the data to develop strategies to address poor attendance.

Behaviour/discipline/exclusion

At St Cecilia’s we will fulfil our commitment to race equality by monitoring pupil behaviour and exclusions by racial group and by using the data to ensure that procedures are applied fairly and equitably to all pupils.

Staff recruitment and career development

At St Cecilia’s we will fulfil our commitment to race equality by monitoring and evaluating employment practices and by reporting to the LEA to allow it to fulfil its specific duty under the Act.

Community/parental consultation

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by working in partnership with parents and the community to develop positive attitudes to racial diversity.

Membership of the governing body

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by striving to ensure that membership of the governing body reflects the community it serves.

Professional development of all staff

We will fulfil our commitment to race equality by ensuring equality of access to professional development and training for all staff.  This will be monitored by racial group and reported, as appropriate.

Implementation

The school’s improvement planning process will be the main vehicle for implementing this policy. The policy will be given to all members of staff (via the Teacher’s handbook) and will be available to parents and Governors via the school website. Racial equality is also a major unit within the PSHE programme.

At St Cecilia’s we will monitor the implementation of the policy and evaluate its impact on pupils, parents and staff by:

  • Collecting and analysing data and other information
  • Checking progress against the action plan
  • Consulting with parents and the school community
  • Reporting regularly to the timetable identified in the action plan

The school will publish annually the results of the monitoring and evaluation it has undertaken.  Data will not be published which in any way makes it possible for an individual to be identified.

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