Equality & SEND

Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
Badgerbrook Primary School offers a curriculum which reflects the learning needs of all pupils and which mirrors the school’s aim to provide a broad, balanced, creative and challenging curriculum for all pupils. The Special Needs & Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs V Toon and she can be contacted through the school office 0116 2752353 or office@badgerbrook.leics.sch.uk

Please follow the links below for more information

Badgerbrook SEND Local Offer updated September 2021

Parents Leaflet

Badgerbrook SEND Policy

Leicestershire County Council’s Local Offer

Leicestershire County Council SEND local offer leaflet

Leicestershire County Council SEND Newsletter

If you would like to receive these newsletters and information about other SEND services directly please submit the form which can be found by following this link:

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/news/local-offer-newsletters

Equalities

Badgerbrook Primary School is committed for all pupils their parents, staff and other users of the school.

The Governing Body is committed to tackling discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, visitors and community users of the premises, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion, sexual orientation, age and socio-economic background. The Governing Body is committed to promoting community cohesion at school, local, national and global levels.

“We want everyone to achieve their personal best, be happy, highly motivated lifelong learners, be able to express their feelings and ideas, be confident and independent learners and thinkers, be able to work independently and with others, be able to use technology effectively, adopt a safe and healthy lifestyle, value and respect themselves, others and the world in which they live and make a positive contribution to society.” 

Complying with the public sector equality duty

The Governing Body of Badgerbrook Primary School aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty and reflect the legal duties under the Equality Act 2010:

  • To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • To advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • To foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

The duty covers nine protected characteristics:

  • age (for employees)
  • disability
  • race (including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • gender (including issues of transgender)
  • gender reassignment
  • maternity and pregnancy
  • religion and belief (includes lack of belief)
  • sexual identity
  • marriage and civil partnership (for employees)

Promoting Equality

Badgerbrook operates equality of practice in the following ways:

  • We are proud to be a ‘No Outsiders’ school.
  • We focus on the 9 protected characteristics.
  • We promote attitudes and values that challenge racist and other discriminatory behaviour or prejudice through our No Outsiders work, assemblies and discussions
  • We collect and analyse contextual and achievement data to identify gaps in achievement and to target intervention strategies to support vulnerable individuals and groups of pupils
  • We ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
  • We use materials that reflect the diversity of the school population and the local community in terms of race, gender, disability, ethnic and socio-economic background, without stereotyping
  • We deal effectively with any discriminatory incidents that may occur
  • We record and monitor prejudice-related incidents
  • We provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
  • We seek to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
  • We include teaching and learning approaches appropriate for the whole school population
  • We consult with outside agencies regarding recommendations to improve access for children and adults
  • We ensure all activities, including after-school activities, are open to all, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate
  • We consider equality implications when reviewing or developing policies or procedures
  • We adhere to recruitment and selection processes which are fair, equitable and in line with statutory duties and Leicestershire County Council guidelines,
  • We ensure all staff receive annual performance reviews (Performance Management policy)
  • We provide training and development opportunities to all staff (linked to the School Improvement Plan)
  • We publish equality objectives and action plans on the school’s website.
  • We monitor and review our equality objectives regularly.
  • We publish information each year about our school population.
  • All visitors to the school, including parents and carers are expected to support the school’s commitment to equality as expressed in the Equalities Policy. They are also expected to support our ‘No Outsiders – everyone welcome’ ethos.

Leicestershire County Council operates a fair and transparent admissions policy for the school and does not discriminate on the grounds of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity.

You can read our Equalities policy by following this link: Equalities Policy 2021

Equality Objectives

We continuously aim to improve the implementation of our equality-related policies and procedures. We will review for equality impact whenever building adaptations are made or when an application is made for a child to join the school who has different needs to other pupils already attending.

Badgerbrook has established the following objectives from reviewing the previous ones:

Objective 1:

Monitor and analyse data to actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between all groups of pupils; especially pupils eligible for free-school meals, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after pupils, pupils from minority ethnic groups and across genders and act on any patterns/ additional support needed.

To achieve this we will:

  • Monitor and analyse data termly throughout the year at pupil progress meetings
  • Ensure any trends or patterns in the data are noted and provision is implemented to ensure that all children are supported to achieve and access the curriculum

Objective 2:

To continue to remove and reduce prejudice and work towards increasing understanding of equality in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010.

To achieve this we will:

  • Ensure anti-bullying work continues to be a high priority across school. All incidents of bullying taken extremely seriously and dealt with in line with the school’s anti-bullying policy.
  • Continue to promote our ‘No Outsiders – Everyone Welcome’ work across school.
  • Further embed our character muscles through our Route to Resilience work.
  • Ensure children have access to E-safety training and are aware of bullying on-line and through gaming. Begin to incorporate Project Evolve work across school.

Objective 3:

To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.

To achieve this we will:

  • Continue to develop and expand our ‘No Outsiders – Everyone Welcome’ work across the school through lessons, books and assemblies
  • Continue to develop our parental workshop/ engagement sessions for this work

Objective 4:

To ensure balanced access to the curriculum offer for those with differing abilities, access to appropriate pathways and through promoting inclusive approaches to teaching and learning.

To achieve this we will:

  • Continue to ensure that pupils have individual adjustments linked to need to be able to access all areas of the curriculum
  • Continue to provide staff with access to training for inclusive approaches to teaching and learning

Objective 5:

To strive to ensure high attendance of all disadvantaged pupils to diminish gaps between the attendance of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils.

To achieve this we will:

  • Continue to monitor attendance of all groups on a half termly basis.
  • Continue to analyse and follow up to support any families/pupils where attendance is causing concern

Objective 6:

To endeavour to ensure that governance and the staff body and representation of staff in leadership roles is reflective of the local community.

To achieve this we will:

  • Ensure that staff and Governor recruitment and selection procedures are monitored to ensure equality in relation to all nine protected characteristics

Information about the pupil profile at Badgerbrook Primary School (updated November 2021)

No Outsiders at Badgerbrook

At Badgerbrook we are passionate about our status as a ‘No Outsiders – everyone welcome’ school. We were one of the first schools in Leicestershire to be chosen as part of the pilot project in 2018. Since then we have led the way for other schools in Leicestershire to follow.

Children learn about diversity and the Equalities Act 2010 through lessons, drama, discussion and assemblies. They learn and discuss to counter fear and hate in society. We have a commitment to community cohesion through understanding and acceptance of difference.

Our aim is that our children leave primary school happy and excited about living in a world full of difference and diversity, whether that difference is through ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation or religion.

Please watch our video about being a ‘No Outsiders’ school. Ask your children about our ‘No Outsiders’ assemblies and what they have learnt.

 

Route to Resilience is an exciting whole school project that we have been a part of since 2018. During that time we have integrated R2R throughout our whole school community by developing our character muscles and vocabulary.

Route to Resilience is an evidence-based and practical approach, supporting our school and families in developing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of our pupils. We are supporting our children to develop strong character muscles that prepare them for learning and for life. The aim of the project is to improve mental health outcomes for children and staff.

Badgerbrook gained the Route to Resilience accreditation in 2019 due to our work on character muscles.

Developing character muscles means recognising, understanding and developing character traits that make us unique and using these to allow us to be the best version of ourselves. At the heart of character education is crafting a culture in and out of school, where pupils are given every opportunity to develop and strengthen their sense of self.

Character muscles are introduced into lessons, giving our pupils the opportunities to reflect on which character traits they are using, and recognise how to apply them to their life at both school and at home. You will recognise character muscles around school with the ‘#’ symbol

Badgerbrook character muscles

Please watch our video to learn more.