Race Relations Policy - Saxton CE Primary School

Race Equality Policy
“Respectful of God’s world and everyone in it”
At Saxton CE Primary School we recognise that language, religion and customs make
children what they are. As a Christian School, we encourage everyone to care for others as
well as themselves and to strive to be the best we can be. We use what children know and
understand about themselves in our teaching and strive to be aware of cultures, religions,
customs and attitudes of other people in order to ensure that all in our school are sensitive to
how others feel and live. Through this approach we aim to value everyone equally, leading
them to strive for what is best and achieve the highest expectations and standards.
“Individual Colours, Together a Rainbow”
We expect all children to find school a safe and welcoming place where they are able
to achieve success irrespective of their nationality or ethnic background. It is not
possible to achieve this if any of its members face prejudice or hostility because of
their ethnic origins.
Through the implementation of this policy, the Governors seek to
 Encourage every member of our school to contribute personally to a happy
and caring environment and to develop self-respect for others.
 Educate, develop and prepare all our children for life. Prejudice and
discrimination on the basis of colour, culture, origin, gender or ability is
unacceptable in this school.
 Promote positive attitudes to gender equality and cultural diversity.
 Acknowledge the complexity of British society and recognise that it would be
failing the children if we did not prepare them for their integral part in this
 Promote the understanding that children are citizens in a wider global
community and that they have a responsibility to contribute to this community.
Leadership, Management and Governance
At Saxton School we are committed to being proactive in promoting racial equality
and in tackling racial discrimination. All adults working in school should encourage,
support and enable all pupils to reach their full potential. School staff should
endeavour to work in partnership with parents and the wider community to establish,
promote and disseminate racial equality good practice and tackle racial
 Language, religion, and customs make children what they are. We use what
the children know and understand about themselves in our teaching and strive
to be aware of cultures, religions, customs and attitudes in order that all at our
school are sensitive to how others feel and live.
We will ensure that the contribution of world cultures are included and
acknowledged in the planning and teaching of the full range of National
Curriculum subjects, resources and displays and extra-curricular activities.
 All children have access to a broad curriculum that avoids stereotyping. They
are given equal access and opportunity to experience all activities and are
given support where this is needed. Differences are treated sensitively and
positive approaches to diversity are promoted. Although direct contact with
other cultures is limited in this school we teach a diverse curriculum to enrich
pupils’ knowledge and understanding of other cultures along with our own.
The curriculum must be objective and sensitive. It must reflect the
achievements and roles in society of all, regardless of gender or race. Each
curriculum policy must include a statement for equal opportunities.
 All staff are committed to delivering a curriculum that raises children’s
awareness of cultural, social, historical, practical and community issues and
encourages positive attitudes towards difference and diversity.
 We will ensure that all members of the school community are informed of
school expectations and procedures for maintaining a high standard of school
expectations and procedures for maintaining a high standard of discipline. We
will not allow any kind of verbal or physical abuse. Children must not fight,
swear or use offensive language likely to cause hurt or anger (derogatory
references to children’s gender, race, creed, class or disability are not tolerated
under any circumstances). Incidents of abuse will be monitored and reported
 We are committed to promoting high levels of acceptable group and individual
behaviour. We require all of our children to conduct themselves in a way that
compliments this policy and supports our ethos of equality and respect for
 We will investigate underlying reasons for truancy. We shall continue to
monitor use of the playground and playground incidents, and aim to create an
exciting environment. We are committed to minimising all school exclusions
by implementing agreed strategies and procedures for ensuring that each pupil
is given the opportunity to achieve and succeed.
 Every member of the school community should feel that his or her language or
dialect is valued. They should therefore be allowed to use their home language
in school, but should never exclude others.
 We view linguistic diversity positively. However, we also recognise that
language is used for communication, and language used in school should be
acceptable and understandable to the school community.
 Staff must be conscious of any racist or sexist connotations in the language
that they use.
We try to ensure that the resources used in all curriculum areas are
multicultural and non-sexist and contain positive images of all groups.
Children should have access to accurate information about similarities and
differences between cultural groups. We will ensure that our resources
acknowledge the value of positive images of non-European cultures, our local
community and beyond. It is essential that we are all aware of the implications
of the hidden curriculum and that all resources are rigorously monitored. We
will raise awareness of the unfairness and injustice of stereotyping through the
planned curriculum, assemblies, resources and display. Variety should be
evident in the morals, stories and information offered to children.
Recording and Monitoring
 The monitoring procedures will ensure that the equal access of all pupils to the
curriculum. The content and delivery of the curriculum itself will be
monitored to ensure that all pupils are enabled to extend their awareness of
others and themselves: e.g. using settings and situations for all learning tasks
that reflect our equal opportunities policies. We will monitor and record the
progress and development of every child to ensure that not merely access to
but also engagement with the curriculum is taking place. Sensitive
questioning, classroom organisation and adult intervention are crucial
strategies and must be reflected in planning and record keeping. We will
record and monitor all absences for pattern and frequency to inform future
action. We will monitor all strategies and procedures for dealing with racist
incidents. We will monitor all school-based and commercially produced
resource material for suitability and appropriateness with reference to issues
related to race and cultural diversity. We will record and monitor all racist
incidents for pattern and frequency with a view towards informing future
Staff Recruitment and Career Development
 We will provide for regular staff training on issues of racism, equal
opportunities and ethnic diversity.
 We require all staff to support this policy as an essential condition of service.
 The school values diversity amongst staff. In all staff appointments, the best
candidate will be appointed based upon strict professional criteria. All staff
should be aware of positive cultural assumptions and bias within their own
Registrations and admissions
 Pupil’s names should be accurately recorded and correctly pronounced. Pupils
should be encouraged to accept and respect names from other cultures.
Breaches of the Policy
There must be no ambiguity in the way the school reacts to racist behaviour. Racist
graffiti must be removed immediately and any name calling, jokes or literature of a
racist nature must be reported. The Headteacher will log each complaint of racial
abuse. Staff and pupils must report immediately to the Head any racist behaviour.
Each case reported will be dealt with as a matter of priority. In the case of pupils,
parents will be invited to discuss incidents with the Head. As with any form of
unacceptable behaviour, the school will exclude pupils for racist behaviour if this is
considered necessary. An adult offender would be officially reprimanded.
The governing body has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the school complies
with Race Relations legislation. It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure that
this policy is implemented consistently and appropriately by all teachers in the school,
and that they are given relevant training and support. The Headteacher will also take
appropriate action in cases of racial discrimination. It is the responsibility of all staff to
deal with racist incidents and know how to identify and challenge racial bias and
stereotyping. They should promote racial equality and good race relations and not
discriminate on racial grounds. All visitors should be aware of and comply with the
school’s race equality policy.
The Governors will monitor the effectiveness of this policy, and the racial incidents log.
Through everyday routines the Headteacher will ensure that school practice reflects the
guidelines included in the policy. The policy will also be monitored by Ofsted during
their inspection visits.
This policy will be reviewed and updated in January 2016
Signed………………………………………Head Teacher
Signed………………………………………Chair of SIC