Our Equality Statement

At Wyborne Primary and Nursery School we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The general duties are to:

• eliminate discrimination

• advance equality of opportunity

• foster good relations.

We understand the principle of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.

A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups listed below:

• age (for employees not for service provision)

• disability

• race

• sex (including issues of transgender)

• gender reassignment

• maternity and pregnancy

• religion and belief

• sexual orientation

• marriage and civil partnership (for employees).

In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties. These are to:

• publish equality information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions (we will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child)

• prepare and publish equality objectives.

To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school. This will include the following functions:

• admissions

• attendance

• attainment

• exclusions

• prejudice related incidents.

Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above however where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group, we will include work in this area.

We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in 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.

In fulfilling our legal obligations we will:

• recognise and respect diversity

• foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of belonging

• observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development

• aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers

• consult and involve widely

• strive to ensure that society will benefit.

Click here to view Our Values and Ethos.

Wyborne is opposed to all forms of prejudice, and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system. We provide both our pupils and staff with an awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to prevent any incidents. If incidents still occur, we address them immediately and report them to the Local Authority using their guidance material. The Local Authority may provide some support.

We believe that promoting Equality is the whole school’s responsibility.

We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of our published equality information and equality objectives by publishing them on the school’s website.

Breaches to this statement will be dealt with in the same ways that breaches of other school policies are dealt with, as determined by the Headteacher and Governing Body.