Equality, Diversity and Harassment, incorporating the Accessibility Plan

Status:

Ratified

Drafted by:

Governors

Ratified by Governors:

23/3/17

The Governing Body is responsible for establishing and maintaining this policy and for ensuring that it is followed.  The Principal is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Governing Body and for complying with this policy. The policy applies to the Principal and to all staff employed by the Academy.

Content

Equality, Diversity and Harassment, incorporating the Accessibility Plan

Content

Aims

Pupils

Entitlement to Opportunity

Entitlement to Contribute

Entitlement to be Valued

Staff, Governors and Parents

Equality Duty

Reporting of incidents

Review

Accessibility and Equality Plan 2017 - 18

Aims

Route 39 is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and students and seeks to ensure

that all students have an entitlement to a broad, balanced education which includes the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The delivery of this curriculum provides opportunities for all children to reach their full potential regardless of race, disability, gender or social background. We actively seek to positively promote this entitlement throughout our school.

Underpinning our vision is an ethos of Engage, Respect and Aspire.

This ethos runs through every aspect of the school

Pupils

The key elements for equalising opportunities are:

Entitlement to Opportunity

The school’s role is to promote access to the curriculum and development through it. An accessible curriculum will have elements in it that attract all children because they are recognised and valued by all.

Entitlement to Contribute

As well as receiving knowledge, students contribute to the process of education by bringing to it their cultural experiences, values and perspectives. We will endeavour to utilise such contributions in the learning process.

Entitlement to be Valued

Students need to be visibly esteemed as individuals, in groups and as family members to recognise that they are valued. The partnership between parents and our school in the education of the student  is of particular importance.

To fulfil these entitlements we aim to:

These aims will be achieved by providing a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum in which all children will be encouraged to participate in all areas.

The curriculum will be regularly monitored and evaluated by Governors and staff.

Staff, Governors and Parents

Our school is firmly committed to the equality of opportunities for all staff and will seek to maximise the achievements of all and will take positive action against any discriminatory practices based on gender/disability/ age/ race/ religion and sexual orientation.

Equality Duty

The school will constantly review its policies and procedures to ensure that discriminatory practices are identified and abolished in the recruiting of staff, pay and conditions of staff, equality of opportunity for staff, pupils (and their families) or governors. The aims of the school, as written above, are incompatible with discriminatory practice.

Reporting of incidents

Any incidents which constitute a breach of this policy – racism, discrimination or harassment – will be reported using the proformas available from the school office.

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Staff and Governors will monitor and evaluate our school’s performance in equalising opportunities for all, regularly reviewing this policy and accessibility plan.

Accessibility and Equality Plan 2017 - 18

Route 39 Academy plans, over time, to increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school, according to need, and having consulted with all stakeholders. This has been a key consideration in the plans for the permanent school building.

Whilst in our temporary building we will aim to improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary.

We will increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability and for pupils/ adults of all races/ ethnic groups/ genders/ faiths. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in extended curriculum, leisure and cultural activities or school visits.

We will promote activities which celebrate our common experience as well as those that recognise diversity, fostering understanding and respect for the culture and faith of all our learners and their families.

We will encourage learners and their families of all groups to participate fully in all aspects of school life.

Collective worship, although Christian in nature, is accessible to those of all faiths and none (parents and pupils have the opportunity each year to comment on this).

The school will invite adults with disabilities into school to talk about how they overcome problems .

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When purchasing books, we will endeavour to ensure that different cultures/ faiths/ genders and races are represented and celebrated.

We will develop links nationally and globally with other learning communities.

Aim to ensure that pupils with a disability have the curriculum adapted to their needs.