At St. Bede Church of England Primary School, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 as a provider and an employer to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations.
We recognise that it is our duty to ensure that all pupils have the right to an inclusive education regardless of their background, ethnicity or personal circumstance and therefore provide opportunities for all. We seek to carry out our responsibilities through our embedded Christian Ethos values:
These core values are embedded into our everyday practice as recognised by our 'outstanding' SIAMs report, 2013.
Through these core values, we are committed to ensuring that:
By doing this we recognise that a positive and inclusive culture within our learning community generates a purposeful and successful learning environment where everyone can feel truly valued and supported and therefore have the opportunity to fulfil their potential whatever their background, identity or personal circumstance.
We also recognise that equality can only be achieved through whole school community cohesion and we are committed to a whole school community that recognises and celebrates difference within a culture of respect and co-operation.
In addition to this, we appreciate and are committed to a culture, which promotes equality and therefore creates a positive environment and a shared sense of belonging for all who work, learn and use the services of our school.
Equality objectives for St Bede C of E Primary School for the duration of this policy (2019-2021) and in line with Public Sector Equality Duties (2011):
1.Use PSHE lessons, worship sessions and class discussions to promote tolerance and respect and to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other prohibited conduct.
2.Use PSHE lessons, sport premium funding, pupil premium funding and feedback from pupils and staff to advance equality of opportunity (remove or minimise disadvantage; meets people’s needs; take account of disabilities; encourage participation in public life)leading to positive outcomes for all children.
3.Use worship sessions, charity fundraising events, community events and PSHE lessons to foster good relations between people (tackle prejudice and promote understanding.)
4.To achieve the bronze ‘Global Neighbours’ Christian Aid award.