During our last OFSTED Inspection, a team inspector described North Birmingham Academy as a “microcosm of the very best of British Society” as he reflected on the relationships between students, staff and all members of the school community. We are extremely proud of our community diversity and seek to build on the comment above as an exemplar of effective equality and diversity in action.
As an Academy our community reflects and celebrates the exciting diversity in the City.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need 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
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
North Birmingham Academy is an inclusive school, where we focus on the well-being and progress of every student and where all members of our community are of equal worth. We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
- All learners are of equal value
- We recognise and respect difference
- We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
- We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development
- We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
- We have the highest expectations of all our children. We ensure that our pupils are exposed to and taught about all protected characteristic through our curriculum.
The objectives below are our priorities for the next 3 years. Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of data and other information. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. We will regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.
|To provide world-class education opportunities to all students regardless of background.||Develop opportunities for young people to experience the extraordinary through, for example, enrichment programmes, educational visits, CEIAG programme.||Headteacher, supported by all staff.|
|To deliver a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of pupils and designed to give a broad range of experience that supports young people in moving to the next stage of their careers.||Ensure that in all key stages students access a broad curriculum offer including core subjects, arts, performing arts, sport and enrichment.|
Ensure that qualification led courses effectively support students moving to the next steps in their education.
|Senior Leadership, Middle Leadership and Teaching teams.|
|To actively challenge discriminatory behaviour.||Through tutorial programme, PSHE provision and pastoral care that pupils are aware of their responsibility to challenge discrimination.|
A robust response to any incidents of discriminatory behaviour in the academy including, where necessary, engagement of external agencies.
|Headteacher, Pastoral team supported by all staff and students.|
|To develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community at all levels within the organisation.||Recruitment and retention of high quality staff who are committed to the ethos and culture of NBA is critical to the successful achievement of our equality objectives.|
- HR recruitment processes explore candidate views and experience of equality and diversity.
- HR ensure that any questions related to equality of opportunity are considered carefully and followed up effectively.
|Headteacher and senior leadership team.|
|To develop a workforce that understands effectively the developmental needs of our students and works actively to overcome barriers to progress.||NBA is committed to working towards becoming an attachment aware and trauma informed school.|
All staff have received awareness training that will support them in responding effectively to the needs of all pupils, particularly in relation to behaviour.
|SENDCO, Thrive leads supported by whole staff team.|
Review date: September 2021