The best award I have worked on and I have done a few!! The rapid response to queries was amazing. The feedback was timely, supportive and clear.
Although it was a long process I felt that it was thorough, but not designed to ‘catch me out. (Canons High School)
The award allowed us to reflect on what we do well but also challenged us to consider areas of equality we were not so robust on. It helped raise the profile of equality issues across the whole school. The feedback was really useful and gave us confidence that we were on the right tracks with the audit. It was also lovely to receive the award from Chris in person. I know the staff and students really appreciated that. (The Regis School)
The most positive aspect was identifying and consolidating all areas of our provision and practice which reflect the award. To have all of this evidence in an e-portfolio is a fantastic tool which promotes our ethos and culture. I really enjoyed the audit journey from beginning to end. Through sourcing the evidence required I learnt a great deal. Thank you! (St Louis RC Primary)
We were given rapid feedback and advice throughout the process and this helped us to gather all the informtion we needed. It was a really useful process for us as it recognised our commitment & our principles and values. It also reminded us of statutory duties we needed to get right! (George Greens School)
The EQualities Award is something we are very proud of and, as a school, feel that it is a really positive award which recognises all the good work we do and reflects our schools aims completely. Despite what seemed to be quite a formidable form initially, the process has been excellent to centralise all of this information and the final portfolio is a fantastic collection of evidence for Ofsted which covers a multitude of areas. The EQualities team have also been excellent to work with; immediate responses to queries, a professional yet friendly approach to the assessment, a high quality evidence portfolio and a much appreciated presentation to both staff and students. We are extremely proud to to achieve the EQualities Award. (Swakeleys School for Girls)
We were able to assess accurately what we had already achieved and what we will need to develop for the future. It is so important to us that our school is reflective of a place that offers equal opportunity to all that work and learn here. Keep doing what you are doing so well, your support and advice made the process so much easier, in this time of pressure and stress when we poor over worked staff find it hard to complete things you made it possible, thank you! (The Grove Special School)
The award programme allowed the academy to revisit equality and ensure that it still is at the centre of everything we do. It also gave us the opportunity to showcase our good practice and provided a very useful mechanism to organise our evidence on equality for Ofsted. (Maiden Erlegh Academy).
All members of the Senior Leadership Team took a lead on specific equality indicators and the Equalities Award was a regular item on the agenda of weekly meetings of the team. The application process ensured that each member of the team had a better understanding of our existing provision and areas that needed to be worked on during the course of the year. It was a very positive experience. (Groby Community College)
The most positive aspect for me was actually seeing our good practice being pulled together in a visual way as we knew we were doing lots of good work on many aspects of equality but this has really showcased it and identified the areas we could improve on. Whilst actually compiling the evidence we worked on the areas for improvement and this really consolidated what we already had.
(St Mary’s Primary)
Pulling together all the work from across the whole school highlighted the wealth of good practice in place at all levels, enabling us to share and celebrate best practice, so raising standards even higher. (St Gregory’s Catholic College)
The opportunity to really reflect on what we do was invaluable. The service was excellent and everyone at the Equalities award was so helpful. (Northlands Park).
Undertaking the EQualities Award has been a very rewarding experience. As a school, we already had a lot of good practice in place, and a considerable number of positive events going on. However, I really did not fully see the extent of what we do until I needed to collate information for the audit. To see it all pulled together into one smart folder was very helpful to us – and certainly will be of considerable use when Ofsted come again! (Norbury Manor).