Equalities Statement & Objectives
At Halsall St Cuthbert's C.E. Primary School we are committed to:
• promoting equality of opportunity
• eliminating discrimination and harassment
• valuing diversity and promoting positive relationships
• providing an inclusive education which enables all pupils to develop their full potential
• meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
THE EQUALITY ACT 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination legislation with a single Act. The Equality Duty is set out in section 149 of the Act. It replaces the three previous public sector equality duties – for race, disability and gender – and covers the following protected characteristics:
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation
We ensure that we have due regard to the need to:
• eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
• advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who don’t
• foster good relations between people who share a characteristic and those who don’t.
The Governing Body will ensure, that in the cycle of policy reviews, that policies and practices are scrutinised to identify the effects they have on individuals or groups of people in relation to equality.
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
At Halsall St Cuthbert's C.E. Primary School we aim to:
• To educate pupils intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually within a school firmly based on Christian principles.
• To enable pupils to develop their talents, establishing positive and realistic goals. To promote Christian values within the school as exemplified by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
• To encourage in pupils a sense of decency, respect for others, commitment, self-reliance, responsibility and a healthy self-esteem.
• To help pupils to take their place in the community and to encourage an appreciation of the world in which they live.
• To prepare pupils for the next stage of their education.
VALUES AND BELIEFS
We are an inclusive school where pupils, parents, staff, governors, the local authority and local services work in partnership to meet the needs of the community. We celebrate the positive contribution made by different social, ethnic and linguistic groups.
We believe that members of our community should:-
• have an entitlement to a quality education within a safe, attractive, clean and orderly learning environment,
• have access to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum,
• enjoy learning, achieve high standards and reach their potential,
• be taught and supported by highly skilled and motivated staff,
• be valued, respected and treated fairly,
• show tolerance and respect towards others,
• receive praise and encouragement and grow in confidence,
• be responsible for their own learning and behaviour,
• understand the need for good personal relationships and healthy living,
• have access to a full range of extended schools services including childcare, health and social care, lifelong learning, family learning, study support and an out of hours programme of sports and arts activities,
• be enabled to make a positive contribution to the community and the wider world.
Staff and governors demonstrate our values and commitment to equality by:-
• ensuring acceptable behaviour,
• responding to incidents and complaints in a proactive way,
• providing access to services, facilities and information,
• recruiting and employing people fairly,
• meeting specific needs.
• To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through worship and appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular emphasis on promoting equality and diversity.
• To further develop the extra-curricular offer for pupil premium pupils and children with SEND in school.
• To ensure all children access a wide range of meaningful opportunities that build character, develop a sense of active citizenship and enhance wellbeing.
To be reviewed Summer Term 2024