Stamfordham Primary School welcomes our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We understand the principal of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity. Our ethos is based on the principle that we are all individuals and therefore we should love ourselves and others. This is reflected in our policies and practice.
We believe it is our duty to continually work on further developing knowledge and understanding of the protected characteristics in order to address any issue that may arise in relation to these.
At Stamfordham Primary School we are committed to:
- promoting equality of opportunity;
- eliminating discrimination and harassment;
- valuing diversity and promoting positive relationships;
- providing an inclusive education which enables all pupils to develop their full potential.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination legislation with a single Act. The Equality Duty is set out in section 149 of the Act. It replaces the three previous public sector equality duties – for race, disability and gender – and covers the following protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The Governing Board will ensure that, in the cycle of reviews, policies and practices are scrutinised to identify the effects they have on individuals or groups of people in relation to equality.
Aims of the School
The school motto, embodies our vision for our whole school community. We aim to create a learning community where children:
- are aspirational;
- enquire about the world;
- celebrate diversity.
Values and Beliefs
We are an inclusive school where pupils, parents/carers, staff and governors, work in partnership to meet the needs of the community. We celebrate the positive contribution made by different social, ethnic and linguistic groups.
We believe that children and other members of our community should:
- have an entitlement to a quality education within a safe, attractive, clean and orderly learning environment;
- have access to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum;
- enjoy learning, achieve high standards and reach their potential;
- be taught and supported by highly skilled and motivated staff;
- be valued, respected and treated fairly;
- show tolerance and respect towards others;
- receive praise and encouragement and grow in confidence;
- be responsible for their own learning and behaviour;
- understand the need for good personal relationships and healthy living;
- have access to a range of extended schools services including out of hours sports, arts and musical activities;
- be enabled to make a positive contribution to the community and the wider world.
Staff and governors demonstrate our values and commitment to equality by:
- ensuring and encouraging acceptable behaviour;
- responding to incidents and complaints in a proactive way;
- recruiting and employing people fairly.
Click here for our Equalities Policy
Click here for our Race Equality Policy
Public Sector Equality Duty (General Duty):
Three Main Elements
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act,
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it,
- Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.