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Equality Statement and Objectives 2022/23 

Policy details

Date created – 22/09/2020

Date reviewed by governors – 29/09/2021

Date reviewed by governors 29/9/2022

Next review date – September 2023


Policy details 1 1. Policy Statement and Principles 2 2. What are the protected characteristics? 2 3. Co-op Ways of Being and behaviours 2 4. Equality Objectives priorities and focus 3 5. Our Equality Objectives 3 6. Related documents 3 7. Consultation 4 8. Review of progress towards equality already achieved 4

Co-op Academy Grange – Equality Statement 2022/23


1. Policy Statement and Principles

At Co-op Academy Grange we are guided by the following 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

Base our practices on sound evidence

Set ourselves measurable objectives

The following groups have been identified as key recipients in terms of the provision of this statement: ● Are being looked after or on the edge of Care

● Have Special Educational Needs / Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

● Are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school

● Are from an ethnic group, including those from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller background ● Have English as an additional language

● Are missing in education

● Have Ill health, including hospitalisation, affecting attendance at school

● Are young carers

● Are offending or at risk of offending

● Have mental health issues

● Are in receipt of free school meals

● Live in areas of deprivation

● Are gender questioning or going through transition

● Are Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual

2. What are the protected characteristics?

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity.

3. Co-op Ways of Being and behaviours

As a school within the Co-op Academy Trust, we are also informed by the Co-op Ways of Being which are:

Do what matters most

Be yourself, always

Show you care

Succeed together

We also recognise the Co-op colleague behaviours, and specifically in relation to equality, the following: ● Endless inclusion - inclusive in our thoughts and actions by showing an active interest in the views, backgrounds and ways of being of my colleagues and the wider community.

● Caring about our Co-op, our colleagues, the members, customers, and communities that we support and serve. We seek to encourage cooperation between colleagues to promote an environment of trust, mutual respect and support.

Co-op Academy Grange – Equality Statement 2022/23


4. Equality Objectives priorities and focus

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. 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.

Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.

5. Our Equality Objectives

To use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools. In particular, we will seek to further improve the progress made by boys at GCSE, SEND students at GCSE whilst also seeking to improve the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students and narrow the gap between them and their non disadvantaged peers.

To promote mental health and wellbeing in students with protected characteristics. To narrow the gap in attendance for students with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act, by fostering good relationships with parents and carers and seeking to understand the barriers to good attendance.

To narrow the gap between vulnerable groups of students and their peers in access to blended learning and online accessible devices, and in this way to reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school.

Engage with the Co-op young leaders programme to engender and support student voice and engagement in the full life of the school.

6. Related documents

This document should be read in conjunction with other policies within the school that are located on the school’s website (

● Health and wellbeing policy

● mental health and wellbeing action plans

● Behaviour policy

● Safeguarding and child protection policy

● Pupil premium plan

● Catch up plan

● Anti-bullying policy

● SEND policy

● Home learning policy

● CEIAG statement on provider access

● CEIAG programme

● Exclusion Policy

● Admissions Policy

Trust wide policies relating to equality may be found at

Co-op Academy Grange – Equality Statement 2022/23


7. Consultation

The school participates in an annual consultation with staff, students and parents through the ‘Your Voice’ survey, conducted on behalf of the school by the Trust. This is a good opportunity for interested parties in consulting with and taking the views of the community we serve.

. Review of progress and actions taken towards equality

● Extended teaching time from September 2022 for all students attending the academy. ● Delivered catch up curriculum support across all year groups using identified monies form the government.

● .Academic progress data evidence is robustly reviewed with the academy and by the Trust to identify where student groups e.g. PP, SEND, may not be making the necessary progress they should.

● A larger leadership team from September 2022 to focus on teaching, learning and attendance, with a particular focus on PP impact.

● Working with support of the Trust, through cpd events, to develop an understanding of the impact of racism, with a view to developing a policy for the academy.

● The school has adopted a wellbeing policy and has a mental health lead.

● The academy has extended its workforce devoted to mental health and wellbeing. This includes an additional social worker, additional counsellor and a safeguarding officer.

● Leaders work with key leaders from Co-op to support their Co-op Ways of Being and Co-op leadership behaviours.

● The school has adopted the Gatsby benchmarks.

● The curriculum offers a range of pathways, including bespoke solutions when required. ● A commitment to support the reading of all students including those who are new to English through Fresh Start.

● We accept all applicants to the school who live in the local area who wish to study at Grange, and whose education profile is suitable for mainstream school.

● We accept the largest percentage of children through the Fair Access Protocol (FAP) than any other school in the city.

● The academy welcomed all secondary age Afghani refugees on roll to the academy and have supported their reintegration into school life.

● We have a team of over 40 staff whose sole purpose is to help and support the most in need. This includes SEND support, behaviour support through our on-site alternative provision, and EAL support, through our Fresh Start team.

● Incorporating a Resourced Provision within school with Autism Spectrum Condition access mainstream lessons with a special school level of support. This is commissioned by Bradford LA. Historically, this provision has been highly successful in terms of both academic and social outcomes for young people. This provision is being extended to 24 students, with new accommodation to support coming on line in 22-23.

● A social skills intervention programme which teaches specific skills to students who struggle to regulate their behaviour. The outcome of this is that they understand their behaviours and the behaviours of others.

● Flexible learning support from the FLEX team which allows students to be back in class with the support required to reintegrate.

● Promoting ‘The Pivotal Approach’ for behaviour management, which is personalised to students’ individual needs. This allows students to thrive and sets out only basic expectations to promote diversity and self-identity.

● A Reset provision for students at risk of exclusion.

Co-op Academy Grange – Equality Statement 2022/23


● A specific provision for students within school with behavioural challenges. Fledge bridges the gap between mainstream and alternative provision for students in key stages 3 and 4, with dedicated staff used to resource the provision

● We engage a Roma worker to enhance and encourage engagement with this group of families. ● The careful and targeted use of alternative provision to ensure continued engagement with education and to prevent permanent exclusion. A dedicated member of staff manages this, to ensure regular contact between school, student, family and provider.

● The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum puts equality, diversity and inclusion “at the heart” of all lessons. It encourages all students to think about the kind of person they aspire to be and pushes all teachers to reflect on the education they teach.The school’s PSHE curriculum has been re-written to ensure key issues around equality and inclusion are included and delivered. The curriculum covers all aspects of inclusion and diversity including LGBT rights, racial tensions and cultural identity.

● We calendar the school year to ensure that staff and students are able to celebrate Eid. ● A Prayer Room is available at the academy.

● We patrol in the community and have the school Grange Rover to show our presence in the local area before, during and after school.

● The school follows a rigorous blind recruitment process for positions

Co-op Academy Grange – Equality Statement 2022/23