This report will evaluate the application of equal opportunity legislation and policy at the setting in practice. It will identify roles played by practitioners and evaluate practice in line with current policy and procedure. Examples of anti-discriminatory practice will be highlighted to show the implementation of the legal requirements with further analysis on how other professionals support the equal opportunities policy and legislation.
Overview of the Setting in Practice
The setting in practice is a Primary Community School situated at the heart of one of Birmingham’s industrial areas, approximately 2 miles from the City Centre. The school is a two-form entry school, which is run and funded by the Local Education Authority (LEA) in Birmingham. It provides nursery and primary education from 3-11 yrs of age. There is currently full time equivalent of 420 pupils attending the school. The nursery provides 130 part-time places for children in the community. Most pupils live close to the school and a majority of children come from a working class background. Many of the pupils come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, the largest single group being Mirpuri Pakistani. Pupils come from stable families with strong religious and social links with the community. Statistically there are approximately 99% of pupils whose mother tongue is not English and 60% of the intake require free school meals. The school provides a range of adult education activities, parent-child workshops, designed to enable parents, (many of whom also do not speak English and are newly arrived), to acquire the necessary skills to support their children’s learning. Links with local businesses and religious establishments are fostered to support children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum.
The staffing structure starts with the head teacher and deputy; the school also has a senior management team who are phase leaders and standard managers. There is a teacher and teaching...