Equality, Diversity & Cohesion

Equality, Diversity & Cohesion

Equality Diversity and Community Cohesion Policy

Rossett School adheres to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 by not discriminating against learners, staff, volunteers or anyone involved in external agencies the school may be working with on the grounds of the following protected characteristics:

  1. Rationale

Rossett School provides an education for all, acknowledging that the society in which we live is enriched by diversity. We strive to recognise and celebrate the diversity within our school community where everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect and fairness.

Community links are at the heart of what makes a strong and safe community.  We aim that Rossett is a place where:

  1. Aims
  1. Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Cohesion

We will be an equality champion and community leader in:

  1. Our principles
  1. Equality, Diversity and Cohesion in Practice

Racial discrimination

We have a general duty to:

Curriculum

Students are entitled to equal access to the curriculum. This means that barriers need to be overcome should there be reasons why they find certain aspects difficult. Each case will be considered independently. All lunchtime and after school activities are open to all students.

The school operates a ‘late bus’ system which allows students to access after school activities and still be able to get home safely.

Staff must be constantly aware that their own expectations affect the achievement, behaviour and status of each student and that we ensure that we set challenging targets for all including those for whom English is not their first language. Staff must ensure that teaching resources are multicultural and non-sexist containing positive images of all groups.

Language

We view linguistic diversity positively and value different languages, accent and dialect spoken as an asset. Students will be allowed to use their home language in school but not to exclude others and always use English when participating in school activities.

Hidden Curriculum

We are aware that there might be some misunderstandings amongst students, parents, teachers – for example:

We seek to challenge these stereotypes and assumptions at every opportunity but especially through our PSHEE programme.

Discrimination

Discrimination is defined as: The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people.

All forms of direct or indirect discrimination within the school will be treated seriously. We will note where any incidents take place and there will be no ‘no go’ areas. This will be checked by the Whole School Student Council. It will always be made clear to offending individuals that such behaviour is unacceptable and the Code of Discipline will be applied.

We monitor sanctions and exclusions to gather evidence regarding any gender or racial bias. This information will be assessed each year and presented to school governors.  All staff within Rossett School have an obligation to address incidents of discrimination.

Students

In the first instance any misbehaviour will be dealt with by the class teacher/Director of Studies or year team as appropriate.

It may be appropriate to refer the incident to the Student Support Officer (SSO) and depending on the nature and number of incidents; parents will be involved as per the school’s Behaviour Policy.

Racist/homophobic/sexist symbols or badges will not be tolerated in school. 

Staff

Staff should be aware of possible cultural assumptions and bias within their attitudes. We will ensure that staff have information regarding cultural backgrounds and faiths. They will be expected to be vigilant in and around the school for any type of inappropriate behaviour such as name calling and other forms of victimisation.

Visitors

Visitors to Rossett School are expected to follow this policy and demonstrate good practice; any incidents will be reported to the Director of Behaviour Support.

Religious observance

We respect the religious beliefs and practice of all staff, students and parents, and comply with reasonable requests relating to religious observance and practice.

Staff development and training

We will ensure that all staff, including support and administrative staff, receive appropriate training and opportunities for professional development, both as individuals and as groups or teams.

All staff are expected to:

The Headteacher

The Headteacher has overall responsibility within the school for implementing the policy and will be the named person responsible for taking any disciplinary action in any case of racial or other discrimination. The Headteacher also has responsibility for reporting any incidents to the governing body

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils its legal responsibilities.

How does Rossett School meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty

In line with regulations explained in The Equality Act (Specific Duties) 2011, Rossett School has created this policy to demonstrate our compliance with the equality duty set out in this act.  Rossett School has due regard for the need to:

Rossett School Equality Objectives 2014

Publication of information in future years will include evidence of the steps being taken and progress made towards meeting this equality objective that the school has already set itself.

Appendix 1

An example of how Rossett has advanced equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not is our Stonewall School Award.

Stonewall School Champions provides support to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people.  It aims to promote equality amongst young people and to recognise good practice in schools.

Rossett was chosen as the first Champion school in North Yorkshire as we have an excellent reputation for inclusive practice and are recognised as a school with an ethos that reflects equality in its broadest sense.

We have undertaken:

Ofsted have recognised Rossett’s achievements in this area and feature our school as a good practice resource on their website:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/good-practice-resource-what-difference-day-makes-rossett-school

Linked Policy:

Behaviour Policy

Approved by Governors: July 2014
Next review: July 2016