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Equal Opportunities Policy

A.        Aim

We see our first task as equipping pupils with an awareness of an increasingly diverse society and of presenting the world as it is and as we would like it to be.  On such foundations, pupils will develop their own attitudes of a pluralistic society.

 

B.        Statements of Principle

1.    Discrimination on the basis of colour, culture, origin, gender, ability, circumstances or disability is unacceptable in this school.

2.    Every pupil and teacher will endeavour to further this objective by personally contributing towards a happy and caring

       environment and by showing respect for, and appreciation of, each other as individuals.

3.    The primary objectives of this school will therefore be to educate, develop and prepare all our pupils, whatever their sex,     

       colour, origin or ability, for life in Britain and positively challenge discrimination and prejudice.

4.    An equal opportunities philosophy should be practised by all staff.

5.    The school acknowledges the complexity of British society and recognises that it would be failing all our pupils if it did not

       prepare them for their integral part in society.

6.    The school is committed to emphasising the common elements and values of our multiple culture rather than highlighting

       conflicting areas, but also recognising and reflecting upon differences.

7.    The school is committed to promoting racial tolerance and defusing any underlying racial tensions within the school throughout

       the curriculum including, in particular, citizenship. The school's arrangements for personal, social, health and emotional

       development and for pastoral care, discipline and supervision are also considered in relation to promoting racial harmony.

 

C.        Practice

1.  Admission

The school's Admission Policy does not permit sex, race, colour or disability to be used as criteria for admissio

2.  Registration

Pupil's names should be accurately recorded and correctly pronounced.  Pupils should be encouraged to accept and respect names from other cultures.

3.  Discrimination

All forms of discrimination by any person within the school are to be treated seriously.   A careful note should be kept of such incidents, whether they take place in the playground or in the teaching areas.   It should be made clear to offending individuals that such behaviour is unacceptable.

Pupils

If there are any incidents, the Head Teacher should be informed and consideration should be given to involving the parents.  Racist symbols, badges and insignias on clothing and bags are forbidden in school.  Graffiti should be immediately removed.   

Parents

Parents should be aware of the school's commitment to equal opportunities.  The school is committed to close liaison with families at all times so that matters of concern can easily be shared should the need arise.  The school expects that parents join them in a partnership support of multi-cultural education and in dealing with any situations of discrimination.

Staff

The school values diversity amongst the staff.

 

In all staff appointments, the school will endeavour to appoint the best candidate, based upon strict professional criteria and irrespective of sex, race, disability or marital status.  Mechanisms are in place to evaluate and make changes as and when appropriate.

 

All staff should be aware of possible cultural assumptions and bias within their own attitudes.

 

In order to understand the background and experience of ethnic minority pupils and to raise expectations of their potential, staff will need to be aware of the historical and contemporary processes which have caused, and may continue to sustain, racism. Close liaison with families in the school is beneficial to all concerned.

 

D.         The Curriculum

All pupils should have equality of opportunity to access the school's curriculum. 

 

Staff should be constantly aware that their own expectations affect the achievement, behaviour and status of each pupil.  The curriculum should be balanced, objective and sensitive, and should not highlight sexual and cultural diversity.

 

Achievement is monitored with respect to gender and ethnic minority.

 

E.         Language

The school views linguistic diversity positively and staff should be aware of the language spoken by pupils and families.  Staff should be conscious of any racist or sexist connotations in the language they themselves use.            

 

F.         Resources

The school's aim is to provide for all pupils according to their needs, irrespective of sex, ability or ethnic origins.

 

Whenever possible, staff should endeavour to ensure that the resources used in presenting all curriculum areas e.g. wall displays and open evening presentations, are multi-cultural and non-sexist, containing positive images of all groups.

 

Variety should be evident in the morals, stories and information offered to children.  Pupils should have access to accurate information about similarities and differences between cultural groups.

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