Youlgrave All- Saints C of E Primary School
Equality Information and Objectives Statement
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties with regard to equality are:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any staff member, pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:
- Religion or belief.
- Sexual orientation.
- Gender reassignment.
- Pregnancy or maternity.
- Marriage and civil partnership.
At Youlgrave All-Saints C of E Primary School we aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality and diversity, and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Aims to eradicate discrimination
In accordance with our School Values, we aim to:
- to respect the equal human rights of all our pupils;
- to educate them about equality; and
- to respect the equal rights of our staff and other members of the school community.
To achieve this, we will adopt the following methods:
- Embedding equality within teaching and resources.
- Using key data indicators to understand the needs and characteristics of our school.
- Promoting community cohesion.
- Promoting parental engagement.
- Investing in regular staff training.
- Using key data, such as measures of wellbeing, to monitor the progress of pupils with protected characteristics.
- Regularly reviewing our equality policy to ensure it reflects current trends and issues.
Our school motto is ‘We Care’ and we value everyone for who they are and ensure everyone has access to an inclusive environment by breaking down barriers. We uphold our Christian values and extend an open armed welcome to all, believing that diversity is a strength that should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
We aim to create an inclusive environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:
- Being respectful.
- Always treating all members of the school community fairly.
- Developing an understanding of diversity and inclusion and the benefits it can have.
- Adopting an inclusive attitude and ensuring that the whole school community understands what inclusive behaviour looks like in the school and how this aligns with the school’s values.
- Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all.
- Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness.
- Challenging bias and calling it out in order to move the conversation forward.
We are committed to having a balanced, diverse and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding, to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Challenging and controversial concepts will be delivered in a way that prevents discrimination and promotes inclusive attitudes.
Dealing with prejudice and celebrating diversity
We do not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.
Our pupils are taught to be:
- Understanding of others.
- Celebratory of diversity.
- Eager to reach their full potential.
- Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour.
The school’s employees will not:
- Discriminate against any member of the school community.
- Treat other members of the school community unfairly.
The school’s employees will:
- Promote diversity and equality.
- Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude.
- Lead by example.
- Seek training if they need to improve their knowledge in a particular area.
Throughout the year, the school provides a variety of opportunities to celebrate diversity, including:
- Planning activities for key diversity awareness days.
- Inviting guest speakers to talk to pupils about diversity.
- Incorporating lessons about diversity into the curriculum.
Equality and dignity in the workplace
We do not discriminate against staff with regard to their:
- Gender reassignment.
- Marital or civil partner status.
- Pregnancy or maternity.
- Religion or belief.
- Sexual orientation.
Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.
We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.
Diversity and representation
At Youlgrave All-Saints C of E Primary School we develop our curriculum to be as representative of the world and our community as possible. We aim to celebrate diversity and promote acceptance and respect. We want a curriculum that allows our children to regularly learn about, and be inspired by, individuals of all abilities from all backgrounds, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions and ethnicities. We aim that the celebration of differences is embedded in our lessons and discussed frequently at every opportunity possible throughout the year.
We want to focus on how the persistence and determination of significant individuals, from all backgrounds, have positively influenced the world in which we live and celebrate their achievements and contributions. We have considered how we can represent a variety of people in all of our subjects.
We want to make sure that we challenge assumptions to broaden our children’s thinking. At Youlgrave All-Saints Primary School, we use carefully chosen images, stories and activities throughout the curriculum to allow the chance to dispel stereotypes. Our careers education also enables us to challenge stereotypes within the world of work.
We ensure that the visuals we choose are inclusive and diverse throughout the curriculum. Varied visuals also give our children opportunities to raise and discuss ideas that are important to them. This allows our children to explore the world and ask questions in a safe space.
It is really important that children get to ‘see themselves’ in books, both fiction and non-fiction. Not only should they see themselves but they should also be given the opportunity to see a wide range of people in all sorts of roles including that of the main characters and authors. We have committed to buying new books that continue to diversify our library, book corners and chosen teaching texts to be more inclusive and challenge stereotypes.
We believe passionately that every child, of every ability, should have equal opportunities to develop and achieve, and that every child should believe that they can do and be anything they wish. Through quality first teaching, careful identification and targeted support at Youlgrave All-Saints Primary School we strive to meet the needs of all children in an inclusive environment. Teaching, training, expert external support, apt resourcing and highly positive relationships between staff and children all help our children to make progress, particularly for those who may find the curriculum challenging. Additionally, at Youlgrave All-Saints we value parental partnerships and have an open-door policy with staff as well as an approachable SENDCo and so we are able to act as needs arise or are made known. Through open and honest dialogue and apt support, we are able to offer our children and families the tools that they need to make progress throughout their educational journey with us and beyond.
Prejudice is not tolerated and we are continuously working towards a more accepting and respectful environment for our school community.
At Youlgrave All-Saints C of E Primary School, ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background is a key commitment.
We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those linked to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
At Youlgrave All-Saints C of E Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength that should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
To achieve this, our equality objectives are:
- To actively promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the school that enable pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures.
- To tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.
- To continually appraise how well the school evaluates equality of opportunities for all its pupils, staff, parents, carers and visitors, particularly in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act.
Youlgrave, All Saints' Primary School complies with it's duties in the Equality Act 2010 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/schedule/10) and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/made) about making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs