Equality and Diversity

Our Equality Commitments

New Valley is a wonderfully diverse community, and that is one of the things which makes our school so special.  In our school, and across PACE Academy Trust, the diversity of our children, families, staff and governors is respected, valued and celebrated.

Alongside celebrating diversity, we are also committed to promoting equality of opportunity for our children, tackling the barriers which can lead to unequal outcomes.  This does not mean that we will treat every child exactly the same.  It does mean that, in responding to every child, we will take account of their individual circumstances and experiences.

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties, with regards to equality are:

  • Eliminating discrimination
  • Fostering good relationships
  • Advancing equality of opportunity

 

Please take a look at our trust's policy for Celebrating Diversity, Promoting Equality

 

Our School

New Valley Primary School is a smaller than average school with a highly inclusive ethos. We are proud of our diverse community, which represents children from many different backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring that the curriculum and the experiences we offer represent and celebrate this divserity.  The data below is based on our Inspection Data Summary Report (Feb 2022).

Over 60% of children are from a minority ethnic group. The school has 13 of the 17 possible ethnic groups and those with 5% or more are:

  • 38% White British
  • 11% Black or Black British – African
  • 9%       Black or Black British – Caribbean
  • 9%       Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
  • 7%       Mixed – Other mixed background
  • 5%       White – Any other White background

25% of children speak a first language other than English; this is above the national average.

At New Valley, we have high aspirations for all our children and are committed to ensuring that pupils with a Special Educational Need or Disability receive the best possible school experience they can.

15% of children have been identified with a Special Need or Disability (SEND) and are supported through a SEND Support Plan, with a further 3.6% supported through an EHC Plan. This is well above average. The majority of children with a special need or disability have been identified with speech, language and communication as their primary need.

At New Valley, we have a relentless focus on reducing barriers to learning where they exist so that all children in our school can develop and achieve in line with their potential. 32% of children are disadvantaged, which is above the national average. Our school focuses on ensuring these children achieve their potential by monitoring progress closely and ensuring pupils receive interventions, support and access to enrichment opportunities.

We know how important it is to ensure gender does not become a barrier to learning in any way and make sure that we represent gender positively throughout the curriculum and in the language that we use.

Monitoring

At New Valley, we regularly monitor the progress of each individual and groups of learners to ensure that are making the best possible progress.  We use assessment and pupil progress meetings to identify where children or specific groups need additional support or actions to improve outcomes and ensure gaps in progress are addressed.

 Our Equality Objectives

Across PACE, we believe that equality needs to be something we are constantly focused on and have committed to having an equality objective each year. In our school, staff and governors have agreed two objectives that are focused on equality:

1. Raise the attainment of all pupil groups, with a focus on boys, disadvantaged learners, and pupils of Black Caribbean heritage

Our indicators of success are:

  • Classes make good progress towards achieving challenging attainment targets
  • In classes where there are negative attainment gaps for target groups, those gaps close

2. Develop how well New Valley embraces and celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity

Our indicators of success are

  • Clear approach and set of actions to better embrace and celebrate diversity are identified and planned
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity is better reflected in the learning environment

These objectives form part of our school improvement plan. Leaders and governors regularly review the progress our school is making towards these objectives.