Our school fully supports the Equality Act 2010 and strives to ensure that everything done in school is fair, non-discriminatory and does not put individuals or groups at a disadvantage. In particular, we try to ensure that we do not discriminate, harass or victimise a pupil or potential pupil in relation to:
- the way we provide education for pupils;
- excluding a pupil or subjecting them to other disadvantage
In accordance with the Act, we do not discriminate or treat a pupil less favourably because of their:
- religion or belief;
- sexual orientation.
In addition to the above ‘protected characteristics’ the following also apply to employees of the school:
- marriage and civil partnership;
- pregnancy and maternity;
- gender reassignment.
As part of the Equality Act, schools must comply with the Equality Duty. This means that when we are making decisions or developing policies, we consciously think about how we:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
- advance equality of opportunity;
- foster good relations.
- To deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which provides opportunities for all pupils to achieve the highest standards of education, using specialist programmes and dedicated resources (e.g. Pupil Premium funding) to support pupils who need it the most.
- To deliver a programme of assemblies, outside visitors and education trips to promote the ethos of equality to pupils and help pupils develop good relationships with people of different characteristics.
- To review pupil related policies and procedures (particularly, but not limited to, the behaviour policy, the anti-bullying policy, the provision for SEN children and the schools’ accessibility plans) to ensure they facilitate full access to the curriculum and the school premises and facilities whenever possible.
The implementation and impact of these objectives will be monitored by the board of directors through:
- Reviewing pupil progress and attainment for different sub-groups (e.g. individual schools, boys vs girls, FSM, SEN and Children in Care).
- Receiving reports from the Academy CEO, Directors of School Improvement, Head teacher, SENDCo and school administrators.
- Receiving reports from monitoring visits and ethos committees.
- Taking advice from relevant parties such as the Trust HR provider and Devon Admissions team.