Engage Academy, as a member of Ethos Academy Trust, is committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving provision from the service, irrespective of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the Academy feel proud of their identity, able to participate fully in the provision offered and feel valued, cared for and listened to. The development of a positive self-image, self-advocacy, respect for others and an awareness of the value of each individual’s contribution to the school community is an integral part of our ethos.
The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, sex, Pupil Premium eligibility and SEND and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, work and visit here.
Engage Academy, as a member of Ethos Academy Trust, aims to meet these obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty by having due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
Engage Academy Equality Objectives 2021-2024
Objective 1: To develop pupils’ understanding, tolerance and respect of different cultures within the school community and the wider community.
Engage Academy educates pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of different faiths, cultures and values upheld within the school and wider community. This is developed through carefully planned discrete lessons, highly personalised interventions, themed days, collective worship discussions and incidental discussions. Staff receive regular training and updates to ensure they are knowledgeable and able to provide accurate knowledge and support to pupils. Visits and visitors are carefully planned to help support pupils’ knowledge of their local community and encourage them to become responsible, respectful citizens.
Objective 2: Identify the needs of all pupils to ensure they are appropriately supported to transition to their next educational setting and equipped to become responsible citizens within society.
At Engage Academy, we work with pupils from across Kirklees and beyond. Our cohort is made up of pupils with a wide range of needs, views and aspirations. Pupil placements are planned carefully, ensuring that academic and social, emotional and mental health needs are paramount leading to a successful placement and an effective transition to their next educational setting. We develop positive aspirations that pupils are able to take with them on their journey through to their adult lives.
Objective 3: To secure high levels of engagement and progress across all groups of pupils, taking account of their diverse interests and specific SEMH and academic needs through the refinement of an appropriate curriculum offer.
Engage Academy continually reflects upon its practice and curriculum offer in light of its fluid cohort to ensure that it appeals to all members of the school community. Engaged learners are productive and successful learners, equipped for lifelong learning.
This year we aim to further develop the role of subject leaders and the outdoor curriculum. Outdoor learning is going to be more skills based, sequential and curriculum focused.