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Equality and Diversity Statement

 

At Beaumont Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents, carers, governors and all visitors to our school. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.

 

We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. At Beaumont Lodge Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

 

Monitor and Review

 

Every three years, we will review our objectives in relation to any changes in our school profile. Our objectives will sit in our overall school improvement plan and therefore will be reviewed as part of this process.

 

Legal Duties

 

As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The general duties are to:

 

  • eliminate discrimination,
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

 

We understand the principal of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.

 

All groups below are covered within the Equality Act 2010 and some of the groups are also covered within the additional following named acts:

 

  • Age (for employees only)
  • Gender (including issues of transgender)
  • Gender reassignment
  • Maternity and pregnancy
  • Religion and belief (includes lack of belief)
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership (for employees)

 

Disability Equality Duty (2006)

  • Disability

 

Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000)

  • Race (includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)

 

Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2007)

  • Sexual identity

 

In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties. These are to:

 

  • Publish equality information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions

We will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child or employee of the school

  • Prepare and publish equality objectives

 

To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school. This will include the following functions:

  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Attainment
  • Exclusions
  • Prejudice related incidents

 

Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above. However, where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group, we will include work in this area.

 

We acknowledge our responsibilities as an employer and will ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010 in regard to the range of functions associated with being an employer.

 

We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.

 

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

In fulfilling our legal obligations we will:

 

  • Recognise and respect diversity

 

  • Foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging

 

  • Observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development.

 

  • Aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers.

 

  • Consult and involve widely

 

  • Strive to ensure that society will benefit

 

 

Addressing Prejudice Related Incidents

 

This school is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system. We provide both our pupils and staff with an awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to prevent any incidents. If incidents still occur we address them immediately and report them to the Local Authority using their guidance material. The Local Authority may provide some support.

Responsibility

We believe that promoting Equality is the responsibility of the whole school:

           School              Community

Responsibility

         Governing Body

Involving and engaging the whole school community in identifying and understanding equality barriers and in the setting of objectives to address these.

            Head Teacher

As above including:

  1. key messages to staff, parents and pupils about equality and what is expected of them and can be expected from the school in carrying out its day to day duties. Ensure that staff have appropriate skills to deliver equality, including pupil awareness. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.

             Senior

            Management

            Team

To support the Head Teacher as above

Ensure fair treatment and access to services and opportunities. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.

           Teaching Staff

Help in delivering the right outcomes for pupils.

Uphold the commitment made to pupils and parents/carers on how they can be expected to be treated.

Design and deliver an inclusive curriculum

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.

Non-    Teaching Staff

Support the school and the governing body in delivering a fair and equitable service to all stakeholders

Uphold the commitment made by the Head Teacher on how pupils and parents/carers can be expected to be treated

Support colleagues within the school community

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents

      Parents

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these

Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment given to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

     Pupils

Supporting the school to achieve the commitment made to tackling inequality.

Uphold the commitment made by the head teacher on how pupils and parents/carers, staff and the wider school community can be expected to be treated.

       Local

             Community              Members

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these

Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment made to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

 

Complaints

  1. with regard to this policy will be dealt with via the schools complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from the school office.

 

Further guidance for parents and carers and school governors on the Equality Act 2010 can be found on Leicester City Council’s Website: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/how-we-work/equality-and-diversity

 

All of our school policies are interlinked and should be read and informed by all other policies.

 

We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Single Equality Policy and our published equality information and equality objectives by publishing them on the school’s website.