At St Richard’s VC Academy, we do not discriminate against any adult on the grounds of race, disability, gender, age, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. We embrace the individuality of all our community members and comply fully with the Equality Act 2010.
At St Richard’s VC Academy, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Throughout this document, the term “staff” refers to any individual employed or volunteering within the school.
Aims of the Policy
The aim of this policy is to provide clear guidelines as to what is covered in induction when a member of staff starts at St Richard’s or has an internal change of role. This policy is to reinforce the Academy Trust’s commitment to induction and is to be used as a tool to welcome staff to St Richard’s.
This policy should be read alongside but not limited to the following policies:
Acceptable User, Child Protection/Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 1), Safer Recruitment, Staff Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing
The Academy Trust Vision/Ethos
The Academy Trust holds in high regard the Keeping Children Safe in Education: September 2016, information for all school and college staff, and expects all staff and volunteers to be committed to this. This document will be discussed with new staff on their first day of employment. Induction is used in St Richard’s to set clear expectations and boundaries of the role the new staff is appointed to and ensure that the individual is clear on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
The School’s Commitment to Induction
ST RICHARD’S sees induction as the beginning of a continuous learning cycle and encourages professional development of staff at all levels in the school to support pupil outcomes.
Although it is appreciated that supply staff may only be in school for a matter of days or less, ST RICHARD’S is committed to giving supply staff some basic level of induction as they have 1:1 contact with our children and are part of our team.
New staff need to understand the school’s mission, goals, values and philosophy; personnel practices, safeguarding responsibilities, health and safety rules and the job the staff are required to do, with clear methods, timescales and expectations.