Ashford CE Primary School Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace, place of study and in the wider community. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act, making the law easier to understand and strengthened protection in some situations.
It is the aim at Ashford CE Primary School that through knowledge and understanding of others and a strong ethos of "equality" we will help to:
- eliminate discrimination
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations
We believe that people flourish within a happy and secure environment where they feel valued and respected. We aim to provide a rich and varied curriculum. We have high expectations and children are encouraged to have high aspirations, so that they develop to their full potential. We are a faith based but not faith biased learning community, where all children are valued regardless of their faith.
Our School Vision Statement
We are a caring Christian community where everyone adopts an “I can” attitude; everyone feels valued, safe and loved by God. We celebrate our God-given individuality, achievements and talents and we aspire, with God’s help, to become the best that we can be. We believe that each one of us has the ability to achieve our highest potential, living and learning in the fullness of God.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
To meet the requirements of the Equality Act and the public sector duty it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that decision making, policy setting and service delivery supports these three aims, that equalities is integrated into our day to day work and that we positively contribute to the advancement of equality and good relations.
What Are Protected Characteristics?
The protected characteristics for the schools provisions are:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race this includes ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and civil partnership (applicable only to staff)
- Age (applicable only to staff)
- Robust systems for monitoring student progress in place and monitored regularly.
- To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners.
- To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
- Identify further opportunities in the curriculum to look at other cultures/countries, study famous people from ethnic minorities and increase understanding and celebrating diversity.
- Build understanding of the “Black Lives Matter” movement through broad curriculum content, diversity of content in worship and annually marking Black History Month.
- Identify opportunities within PHSE curriculum to increase understanding of gender/non-binary/sexual orientation discrimination within our Church of England school ethos.
Further information about Our Objectives can be found in our Equality Policy on our School Policies page.
- The Parents and Governors of Ashford CE Primary School will be fully involved and consulted about the provision outlined in this Public Sector Equality Duty.
- The Senior Leadership Team will undertake Equality Impact Assessments at appropriate intervals to identify any areas of concern. This can be achieved through the tracking of pupils with protected characteristics to ensure that they have the opportunity to make the same progress as their peers. Reviewing any incident reports etc.
- All Teaching and non-teaching staff will receive training on identification of discrimination, harassment and victimisation as part of the schools continuing professional development and safeguarding duty.
- Members of School Council will be asked for their views to assist with monitoring this duty and may assist in information gathering.
- All diversity will be viewed positively and become a resource for teaching learning and the curriculum at Ashford CE Primary School.
- The positive achievements of all pupils will be celebrated and recognised.
- All staff and pupils should feel safe from victimisation, harassment and discrimination and feel treated with equal status.
- The involvement of Parents and Governors to enhance equality wherever possible.
- The involvement of all children in promoting diversity and equality.
- Reasonable adjustments should be made to accommodate difference and promote equality by all members of staff.
- The Equality Impact Assessment results (although not a statutory requirement) are acted upon as quickly as possible.
- Admissions, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs & Disability, Learning and Teaching, and Positive Behaviour Management Policies are kept under regular review with regard to promoting Equality and remaining within the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Please click through our other pages to get an insight in to the ways we promote equality of opportunity for all.