On the 1st October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity.
We believe that the Equality Act 2010 provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Ethos Statement (Equalities Award)
Featherstone Primary School prides itself where we focus on the wellbeing and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We aspire to fulfil our legal obligations towards pupils, parents/carers and staff. Equality and diversity principles will run through all day to day practices and be embedded in all policies:
· Admissions, induction and attendance.
· Pupils’ progress, attainment and achievement.
· Pupils’ personal development, welfare and wellbeing (linking to anti-bullying and safeguarding).
· Care, guidance and support.
· Parental/carer involvement.
· Working with the wider community and community cohesion.
· Behaviour, discipline and exclusions (linking to SEAL).
· Teaching styles and strategies.
· Staff recruitment, retention and professional development.
· Inclusion (linking to curriculum, participation etc).
As part of our total commitment and recognition, Featherstone Primary School was awarded the Equalities Award in March 2018