Birkbeck Primary School

Equality Statement and Objectives

At Birkbeck Primary School we have due regard to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010; 

  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and

  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and thosewho do not share it.

Equality Objectives 2020-2024

At Birkbeck Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background. In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set ourselves the following objectives:

Objective 1:

To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and special educational need or 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 core subjects for vulnerable learners. For vulnerable - Pupil Premium including: FSM, LAC, Post LAC and EAL pupils to achieve national average levels in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Objective 3:

To raise levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities including regular attendance to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.

The Leadership Team and Governors at Birkbeck Primary School regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives with regard to the protected groups (race, disability, gender, gender reassignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, sexual orientation, religion and belief and sexual orientation) under the Equality Act (2010).

We will collect and use equality information to help us to:

  • Identify key issues;

  • Understand the impact of our policies, practices and decisions on people with different protected characteristics, and thereby plan them more effectively;

  • Assess whether we are discriminating unlawfully when carrying out any of our functions; 

  • Identify what the key equality issues are for our organisation.

  • Assess performance

  • Benchmark our performance and processes against those of similar organisations, nationally or locally.

  • Take action

  • Consider taking steps to meet the needs of staff who share relevant protected characteristics; 

  • Identify if there are any actions we can take to avoid discrimination and harassment, advance equality of opportunity or foster good relations;

  • Make informed decisions about policies and practices which are based on evidence about the impact of our activities on equality;

  • Develop equality objectives to meet the specific duties;

  • Have due regard to the aims of the general equality duty by ensuring that staff have appropriate information for decision-making.

We will work towards developing an equality profile of staff to help us to understand key equality issues in our workforce, including any evidence of pay gaps or ‘occupational segregation’ i.e. staff with certain protected characteristics being over-represented in particular roles, for example, women as cleaners, or at certain grades. In addition, we note that it is likely to be useful to collect and consider information, appropriately disaggregated, about: 

  • recruitment and promotion

  • numbers of part-time and full-time staff

  • pay and remuneration

  • training

  • return to work of women on maternity leave

  • return to work of disabled employees following sick leave relating to their disability

  • appraisals

  • grievances (including about harassment)

  • disciplinary action (including for harassment) 

  • dismissals and other reasons for leaving.

We will collect and use enough workforce information to effectively meet the general equality duty. Where relevant and proportionate we will publish on our website some information about the impact of our employment functions on people with the different protected characteristics in order to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

As a Rights Respecting School we ensure the following rights are upheld in relation to  our equality objectives. 

Article 2: All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Article 23: You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.

Article 40: You have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system that respects your rights. 



Birkbeck Equality Policy and Objectives - 2020