Imagine a world where disabled people are restricted from joining the workforce.
Where individuals are judged on the label of their condition rather than the skills they bring to a role. It’s a glum outlook.
And it’s fundamentally unfair too. In fact, everyone is a loser in a world that does not consider disabled candidates. Ambitious businesses deny themselves access to a talent pool of over 7 million people. And disabled individuals are denied an opportunity before they are ever given a chance to prove themselves.
But that talent pool of 7 million people exists and it is our challenge to lead the way as champions for inclusive recruitment. Recruitment accessible to everyone. Applications based on the merit of the candidate.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
• ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
• communicating and promoting vacancies
• offering an interview to disabled people
• anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
• supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term
health condition, enabling them to stay in work
• at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people
Healthy Schools Plus Status
Mark First School has been awarded the "Healthy school Status" in recognition of how "healthy" our school is.
Factors that are taken into consideration include the amount of PE the children receive in school, the provision of after school clubs, Wake and Shake, the sale of fruit at playtime, the running of Health Week and the Healthy Share course, the setting up of a School Council and the provision of Family Learning Courses.
We also have been awarded a 'Gold Artsmark' from the Arts council which acknowledges our outstanding arts teaching. Performing, music making and art are used to help provide a rich varied and exciting curriculum.
The Eco-committee is excited to announce that our school has been awarded a Silver
Somerset's Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly Status
We are very proud of our award 'Somerset's Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly Status' which recognises the inclusive provision we provide for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Learning about staying safe online is very important. At Mark C of E First School we make sure our pupils are aware of some of the risks to safety that are online and what to do to stay safe. We have a set of Click Safe and Click Aware rules which the children are expected to follow at home and in school to make sure they stay safe online. These rules can be viewed below and should be followed when using all kinds of technology such as mobile phones, games consoles and home computers.