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Equality and Diversity
Statement on compliance with the public sector equality duty

 

Updated 2018 

Reepham Church of England Primary School

As a Church of England school we believe that all children are ‘a gift from God’. As such all pupils will be treated equally, fairly and be free from discrimination. 

Principles
The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011  has 3 main aims:
    1    Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
    2    Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
    3    Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

This statement outlines the commitment of our school to ensure that equality of opportunity is available to all members of the school community for our school this means, not simply treating everybody the same but, understanding and tackling the different barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for different groups of pupils in school, celebrating and valuing the equal opportunity achievements and strengths of all members of the school community. These include:-
    •    Pupils
    •    Teaching staff
    •    Support staff
    •    Parents/ carers
    •    Governors
    •    Multi-agency staff 
    •    Visitors to school
    •    Students on placement
 
We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. We want to provide an environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any kind. We want to educate our pupils in an environment which recognises, celebrates and draws upon the diversity of our locality and Britain as a whole.  We offer equal respect, appropriate support and fair rewards for all of our pupils.
At our school, equality is a key principle for treating all people the same. The Equality Act defines eight ‘Protected Characteristics’ :
    1    Age
    2    Disability
    3    Gender reassignment
    4    Pregnancy and maternity
    5    Race
    6    Religion and belief
    7    Gender
    8    Sexual orientation


We are committed to giving all our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. We actively tackle discrimination against those with a disability, racial discrimination, sexual harassment and discrimination and we promote equal opportunities and good relations between and amongst all. We aim to ensure that the school promotes the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist. We aim to reflect the diversity of our local community and society and ensure that the education we offer fosters positive attitudes to all people.

Our school admissions policy is equally open to pupils of all groups.

The Equality Act makes it illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability for a reason related to their disability. It is also illegal to have rules, policies or practices which apply to everyone but which may disadvantage people with disabilities. Our school is required to make reasonable adjustments to allow children with disabilities to fully take part in the activities. These requirements are derived from the Disability Discrimination Act-
Less favourable treatment– children with disabilities are entitled not to be treated less favourably than non-disabled children for a reason relating to their disability, without reasonable justification.

Reasonable adjustments– children with disabilities are entitled to have reasonable adjustments made with respect to admission arrangements or in provision of education and associated services, to prevent them being placed at a substantial disadvantage, unless the refusal to make those adjustments can be justified.

For further information please visit our Information Menu where you will see link to our SEN Local offer and also review our Policy section which includes an updated SEN Policy. 

Leglisation
Legislation used as guidance when preparing this statement includes: 
Public Sector Equality Duty 2011
The Equality Act (2006) amended the requirements of the Equal Pay Act (1970) and the Sex Discrimination Act
The Disability Discrimination Act (2005)
The Race Relations Act (2000)
The Human Rights Act (2000)
The Children’s Act  (2004)
The European Directives
The Employment Equality ( Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2003) and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations (2003)
The respective Codes of Practice associated with the legislation

Curriculum
We aim to ensure that our:
    •    Planning reflects our commitment to equality in al subject areas and cross curricular themes promoting positive attitudes to equality and diversity;
    •    Pupils will have opportunities to explore concepts and issues relating to identity and equality
    •    All steps are taken to ensure that all pupils have access to mainstream curriculum by taking into account the cultural and lifestyle backgrounds of all pupils, their linguistic needs are taken into account and their learning styles are considered.
    •    All pupils have access to qualifications which recognise attainment and achievement and promote progression

Staff Recruitment and Professional Development
    •    All posts are advertised formally and open to the widest pool of applicants;
    •    All those involved in recruitment and selection are trained and aware of what they should do avoid discrimination and ensure equality good practice through the recruitment and selection process;
    •    Steps are taken to encourage people from under represented groups to apply for positions at all levels of the school (give examples);
    •    Access to opportunities for professional development is monitored on equality grounds;
    •    Equalities policies and practices are covered in all staff inductions
    •    All supply staff are made aware of equalities policies and practices;
    •    Employment policy and procedures are reviewed regularly to check conformity with legislation and impact.

Policy Development
The Information Menu has a Policy section which includes a ‘Equality combined Policy’. This reflects the consensus of opinion of the whole school community. It has been drawn up as a result of discussing within a working party make up of representatives of teaching and support staff, parents and  governors.

Please see the policy for more information.
Also see related policy on Complaints, Allegations of Abuse and Safeguarding/ Child Protection. 
Our staff handbook also covers staff expectation.
The British Values sections includes how the school meets these requirements.
The Vision and Church Values section includes school core ethos and strategy. 


Objective Review
The school reviews and updates this statement annually and policy every 2 years. The school is committed to ensuring equality of provision throughout the school community. To achieve this, our current equality objectives are summarised as: To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school.