The Equality Act 2010 sets out that all public bodies will publish equalities objectives every four years. We have identified the equalities objectives that St. John’s has chosen to focus on from 2017 to 2021.
We recognise and take seriously our responsibility as an employer and provider of a service to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in St. John’s.
All our policies will be thoroughly assessed for the impact they have on equalities and diversity.
1.1 Policies inform practice, so it is important that we get the basics in place such that our policy formulation process takes equalities into account from the starting point
1.2 Governors will be encouraged to support and challenge policy writers on this specific issue when they consider policy ratification.
- All policies from 2017 onwards have been scrutinised by a staff member with the specific remit for equalities and governor minutes reflect their scrutiny of the issue.
St. John’s will place a renewed focus on promoting the voice of those students with the most additional communication difficulties
2.1 All our colleagues working in the well-being teams (therapy, nursing, counselling etc.) will develop and refine existing procedures for gaining feedback from this group of students
2.2 Students who are non-verbal or rarely verbal will receive extra and additional support to help them communicate their views and concerns.
- School and College council minutes and young people voice surveys reflect the views young people, and this can be evidenced clearly against the group in which they are based.
St. John’s will continue to work hard to ensure that the staff profile reflects the community and society from which we recruit.
3.1 St. John’s will renew its commitment to become a Stonewall Champion and ensure that these values are reflected across the organisation
3.2 St. John’s will increase its commitment to attract and retain staff with autism
and other additional needs similar to our learner profile.
- Recruitment records dearly identify that we are recruiting more staff from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and black, minority and ethic community and more staff with autism or other additional needs.
St. John’s has experience of delivering a bespoke outreach service to young people who live within travelling distance of either the Seaford or Brighton Campus.
The motivation of any outreach programme is always to manage that young person back into their learning community, where possible.
St. John’s is fortunate to have a wide range of skills in the staff team and we strive to ensure that any young person in need of an outreach provision is partnered with someone who has the necessary skills and attributes to best engage them in learning.
The outreach service responds to individual need. Many factors can cause the need for such provision, but with sufficient funding St. John’s will support young people to develop skills and knowledge in whatever setting works for them.
Safer Internet Day 2020
We will once again will be supporting Safer Internet Day at St. John’s. We will be covering a range of internet safety issues, and finding out how we can help our young people learn from this important resource but in a safe and secure fashion.
See below for resources and downloads to help you stay safe online.
Check out the video below. The videos were all created for the safer internet day which was in February and we used a range of technology to create them such as iPads, Green screen and iMovie. We also surveyed staff and students to collate the information for the video.
The videos in the following playlist are all made by our students. Using a variety of video production and editing software all on iPad. Using Green Screen & Animation by Do Ink, Touchcast, iMovie, and Google Apps for Education. Credits done in iMovie on a Mac.
At St. John’s we use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. Below you will find a short explanation of each letter and a link to download a poster.
- Safe – Keep personal details safe. e.g. your name, address, phone number or date of birth
- Meeting – Be very careful meeting people you have only met online (talk to staff first).
- Accepting – Messages such as emails and SMS may contain viruses or abusive material
- Reliable – Not everything you read online might be true. It is easy to lie on the internet
- Tell – If in any doubt talk to someone you trust. Block and Report
Social Media Dos and Don’ts: a handy guide.
Click here to download a helpful document on how to stay safe on Facebook, and take control of what you share and to who.
Click here to view our e-safety policy. Easy read version coming soon.
It is important that all young people at St. John’s stay safe, are happy and enjoy life.
If you have a concern about how you have been treated or someone has hurt you, you need to ask for help straight away.
St. John’s has a team of people who will make sure that you get the help you need. They are called the safeguarding team. Find out who they are here
We are all responsible for safeguarding
Staff at St. John’s School and College work together to ensure that within all learning and residential environments human values are promoted. All students and staff are protected from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. All forms of equality are promoted whereby there is a fostering of understanding and respect for people of all faiths (or those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disability, and sexual orientations.
St. John’s has very effective safeguarding practices and will take guided preventative measures to protect young people from the risk of radicalisation, extremism and forms of abuse, grooming and bullying. Young people are assessed and closely monitored with their use of the internet and educated in the risks associated with using social media sites.
Download our safeguarding policy