HAGBOURNE C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL

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‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’

CARE - COURAGE - RESPECT - RESPONSIBILITY

SINGLE EQUALITIES POLICY        

Reviewed: October 2017 To be reviewed every 3 years. Next review date: October 2020.

VI   VISION

Hagbourne Church of England Primary School is inclusive, serving equally those of all faiths or none through the provision of an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’.  From His teachings we get our our key Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Care and Courage.  These provide

a stable and caring environment where we are 'preparing each child for their future in an ever- changing world'.

This policy reflects the Single Equality Act 2010 which harmonises and replaces previous legislation including the Race Relations Act 1976, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Gender Recognition Act 2004 and Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

At Hagbourne CE Primary School we nurture our children, within our Christian environment, to be caring, respectful, responsible individuals who have courage to take risks and make the right choices. At Hagbourne CE Primary School we will ensure that at every level, in all our work and throughout all aspects of school life, everyone will be treated equally.

The Single Equality Act combines the existing three duties into one new Equality Duty that covers all seven of the equality strands: age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

This Single Equality Policy summarises the school’s approach in ensuring equality for all.

OBJECTIVES

To ensure that all learners have equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

To advance equality of opportunity by ensuring that teaching, learning and the curriculum promote equality, celebrate diversity and promote community cohesion by fostering good relations.

To eliminate any discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

To ensure that no-one is unfairly or illegally disadvantaged as a consequence of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, disability or religious beliefs.

To recognise and celebrate diversity within our community whilst promoting respect and community cohesion. 2.5 To ensure that this policy is applied to all we do.

To ensure that pupils and parents are fully involved in the provision made by the school.

To ensure that within the school budget, adequate funding is provided to underpin this policy and that intervention, positive and preventative action is funded where necessary.

CURRENT PRACTICE

At Hagbourne CE Primary School we strive to achieve a cohesive community and expect that children respect one another and behave with respect to one another, and that their parents feel fully engaged in the school.

We aim to enhance a wider sense of community locally, as well as in the context of the UK and the World communities.

We support 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.

Through our policies and actions we undertake to ensure that every child and young person is healthy, safe, is able to enjoy and achieve in their learning experience, and is able to contribute to the wider community.

We consider it prudent and sensible to maintain the practice of logging racist incidents and reporting them to the local authority.

We monitor and log incidents that discriminate against children and young people or adults in our school with protected characteristics, eg homophobic bullying. We also monitor and log bullying incidents, particularly those directed towards those with special educational needs (see The Behaviour Policy and Anti Bullying Policy).

We are committed to meeting the individual needs of each child and will take full account of their age, disability, gender, gender-identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation in accordance with the requirements of The Single Equality Act 2010

STRATEGIES

Monitoring and evaluation carried out by the Leadership Team will ensure that procedures and practices within the school reflect the objectives of this policy.

Parents (questionnaires) and governors (meetings) will be involved and consulted about the provision being offered by the school.

Teachers will ensure that the teaching and learning takes account of this policy.

The diversity within our school and the wider community will be viewed positively by all.

Diversity will be recognised as a positive, rich resource for teaching, learning and the curriculum.

Professional development opportunities will be provided for staff to provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to meet the requirements of this policy.

The positive achievements of all pupils will be celebrated and recognised.

EQUALITY OBJECTIVES 2017 – 2020 

  1. Identify opportunities in the curriculum to look at other cultures/countries/ abilities
  2. Use collective worship as an opportunity to celebrate festivals of a range of cultures and countries.
  3.  Use events like World Cup, Olympics, Paralympics, an opportunity to celebrate diversity.  
  4. Use collective worship to study the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  5. Review resources in light of the above, especially in the school library.

MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS

This document will be reviewed every three years, but may be reviewed and updated more frequently if necessary.

The policy and objectives will by the Performance and Standards Committee.

LINKS WITH OTHER POLICIES

This Single Equalities Policy is linked to the following policies and documents: