At Riverside, we believe education is a force for social justice. Our school aims to meet its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by having due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Objective 1: To safeguard pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
Objective 2: To raise levels of attainment in Reading for vulnerable learners by identifying barriers, applying appropriate intervention and monitoring pupil progress.
Objective 3: Promote our civic duty and understanding of respect for difference within the school and its wider community.
Protected Characteristics and other Groups
In order to ensure that all children are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics (sex, race, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity) as well as monitoring the following groups of pupils:
- Pupils eligible for Free School Meals and/or Pupil Premium
- Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
- Pupils with English as an Additional Language
- Young Carers
- Looked After Children
- Other vulnerable groups
Riverside aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality and diversity and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.
We ensure equality of opportunity by:
- Identifying underachieving children and planning targeted support and interventions
- Promoting that the whole school community has a role in school development
- Ensuring that children’s and parent's/carer's opinions are listened to and inform our policies and procedures