‘With faith in Jesus, love and teaching we grow’
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Equality Act 2010
This policy outlines how Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh are complying with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010.
The act defines nine protected characteristics – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The characteristic ‘race’ includes colour, nationality and ethnic and national origin. The characteristic ‘religion’ also includes religious or philosophical belief or lack of religion or belief.
We need a code of practice which enables all pupils to celebrate the diversity of our school community. We need to ensure that all individuals within Sacred Heart, Leigh are entitled to learn, teach or work in a non-threatening and supportive environment in which self esteem is enhanced. We need to define and identify unacceptable behaviour (racist, sexist, discriminatory or harassing) and offer strategies for dealing with the perpetrators and provide support for the victims. We need to ensure that all the staff take a responsibility for these issues in all aspects of school life. We at Sacred Heart believe that, in order to achieve above, every effort possible must be made to ensure that all individuals within the school are valued and have the opportunity to develop to their full potential within a context of mutual respect, justice and fairness. Both direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation will not be tolerated by any member of the school community.
To ensure that –
Procedures for identification
Recognising that the early pre-school experiences of all pupils differ due to the diversity of experience and cultural background we will make use of initial assessment procedures in Reception Class and class teacher’s observations of the children to note any areas of concern and development which will be recorded in the children’s files.
All staff will be alert for examples of the following and appropriate action will be taken within the guidelines laid down in the school’s Good Behaviour Policy re Racism, Sexism, Class Discrimination and Special Needs. We will use the vehicle of the curriculum to teach about these aspects in a positive way. We will attempt to obtain certain relevant information on any aspect of health which may affect the child in school. Such information with be available to the class teachers.
As far as practical all children will have equal access to all activities taking place in the school.
All forms of name calling, bullying and physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated and will be dealt with according to the school’s Good Behaviour Policy.
Teachers will endeavour to ensure that all activities are of a non stereotypical nature.
Children will be encouraged to express their opinions and discuss their feelings.
Resources will be monitored, reviewed and updated to ensure that inappropriate and invalid messages are not being communicated to children.
Issues such as age, disability, race and gender will be addressed through discussion and role play. Children will be encouraged to consider the exclusion of others and its effects.
A differentiated curriculum will be provided to take a positive account of children’s individual differences.
We aim to offer a coherent and balanced curriculum and learning experiences to all children though provision of the National Curriculum.
Staff will be alert for children who seem isolated and children who are overly aggressive and take positive steps to encourage appropriate behaviour and integration.
All pupils will have equal access to all resources and specific encouragement and direction will be given where necessary to ensure that all pupils take advantage of what is available.
A system of incentives and sanctions exists to encourage acceptable behaviour – see the School’s Good Behaviour Policy.
Collective Worship time and Assemblies will be used to ensure equal opportunity issues.
Teachers will bear in mind equal opportunity issues when forming groups and making decisions about classroom organisation.
Staff will use books and stories to reinforce positive attitudes to equal opportunity issues.
Staff have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure discrimination does not take place.
Active participation of all school personnel is necessary for a successful policy.
Staff meetings to discuss equal opportunity issues will take place as a means of monitoring/evaluating the policy.
All staff have a responsibility for Equal Opportunities.
Equal opportunities will be recognised in the following areas
Friendly and caring attitude
All members of the school community valued
Displays of work
A welcome feel
Accessibility of school staff
Effectiveness of communication system
Evaluation/monitoring of the Policy
Evaluation will be carried out by –
Among aspects to be evaluated will be
Evaluation aims to improve
Evaluation will be carried out –
This Policy was written in 2012 and is reviewed annually when actions are created for the School Development Plan.
Last reviewed August 2016