The Equality Act 2010 prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation of people on the grounds of protected characteristics – disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and age. The Equality 2010 Act also requires public bodies such as schools to have due regard to the need to:
This is called the public sector Equality Duty and its purpose is to promote equality for all.
At Chieveley Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or social-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and are able to participate fully in school life. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all.
At Chieveley Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength that should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, work and visit here.
We will therefore exercise its functions having due regard to the need to:
• Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by or under the Act;
• Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
• Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
We consider the needs of all individuals in their day to day work, in developing policy, in delivering education to our pupils, and in relation to our own employees. These commitments apply to our pupils, staff, governors, parents and other stakeholders and visitors and relate to the protected characteristics of sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, and age (in relation to employment, but not in relation to pupils).
We appreciate that discrimination can take many forms: direct, associative, discrimination by perception, indirect discrimination, harassment, harassment by a third party, victimisation and in the context of disability, by failing to make reasonable adjustments.
We realise that Chieveley Primary School has a legal obligation under the Act to consider the needs of people with disabilities and, where it is reasonable so to do, to make adjustments even if this would result, on occasions, in disabled pupils/staff being given more favourable treatment when compared with individuals not suffering from disabilities. Furthermore, the school recognises that new Positive Action provisions in the Act 2010 allow us, in certain situations, to take certain action that is designed to alleviate disadvantages experienced by, or to meet the particular needs of, pupils and/or staff with particular protected characteristics provided that any such positive action is a proportionate means of achieving the aim of enabling/encouraging equality.
The School recognises it has to make special efforts to ensure that all groups prosper including:
The extent to which all pupils prosper is indicated by an analysis of the standards particular groups of pupils achieve and a measure of the progress they make. Statutory assessment performance is analysed by subgroup, using data published by West Berkshire Council and ASL and the Senior Leadership Team. It is reported in reports to Governors and in the school Self Evaluation Form.