At Charlton Manor Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength that should be respected and celebrated by all those who teach, learn and visit the school. Equality is at the heart of all we do at Charlton Manor.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Charlton Manor Primary is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are considered to be of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
- All learners are of equal worth and value
- We recognise, celebrate and respect differences
- We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
- We ensure that there is good practice in staff recruitment, retention and development of staff.
- We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
- We have the highest expectations of all our children.
In the UK there are 9 Protected Characteristics in law:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage & Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
- Sex (Gender)
- Sexual Orientation (LGB)
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. The Act aims to protect everyone against unfair treatment. In order to ensure that all pupils and staff are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at Charlton Manor School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.
We aim to eliminate discrimination by:
- Ensuring that all children feel safe at school and that the behaviour policy addresses bullying
- Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
- Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
- Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
- Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
- Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision
- Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.
- Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We advance equality of opportunity by:
- Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
- Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development
- Listening to the views of our parents/carers
- Listening to our pupils at all times
- Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We foster good relations by:
- Ensuring that Charlton Manor School is seen as an outward facing community school within the community and beyond
- Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship through assemblies.
- Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes teaching in RE, citizenship and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, but also activities in other curriculum areas. For example, as part of teaching and learning in English/reading, pupils will be introduced to literature from a range of cultures
- Holding assemblies which address relevant issues. On occasions, pupils will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute
- Working with our local community. This includes inviting leaders of local faith groups to speak at assemblies, and organising school trips and activities based around the local community
- Developing links with people and groups who have specialist knowledge about particular characteristics, which helps inform and develop our approach.