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Equality

Equality At Frimley

PROMOTING THE NINE PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS

The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Race
  5. Religion or belief
  6. Marriage or civil partnership
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:

  • When you are in the workplace
  • When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
  • When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
  • When you use transport
  • When you join a club or association (for example, your local rugby club)
  • When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted at Frimley through:

  • Our school vision and ethos statements and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
  • Our school values
  • Enrichment days
  • Our school’s behaviour policy
  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
  • Assemblies
  • Religious Education
  • The promotion of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) across the curriculum
  • The promotion of British values in school life
  • Developing a love of reading through a range of authors and genres
  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
  • Feel Good Friday and PSHE
  • Sporting competitions –inter and intra competitions
  • The pupil councils
  • Educational experiences and visits
  • Real-life learning outside the classroom
  • Guest speakers
  • Developing links within the local community
  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community
  • Safer recruitment, retention and staff development

We collect and analyse the following data to assess the impact of our Equality Information and Objectives. The main areas we assess are:

  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Exclusions
  • Outcomes
  • Racial incidents
  • Sexual harassment and violence incidents
  • Bullying incidents
  • Homophobic incidents
  • Any other prejudice related incidents

Embedding Protected Characteristics into the whole ethos of Frimley Junior School promotes:

  • Love, respect and tolerance for all people
  • An understanding of how diverse the world is and how society functions
  • Self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence
  • Respect for their own and other cultures
  • Understanding that everyone is wonderful and everyone has wonderful talents and attributes
  • Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • Acceptance of responsibility for their own behaviour and teaching children to make good choices
  • Every member of the community knowing that whatever they report it will be dealt with appropriately and followed up
  • Understanding of how they can contribute positively to school and home life and to the lives of those living and working in the locality and further afield
  • An understanding of Equality, Human Rights and Protected Characteristics
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
  • Parents taking an active part in identifying barriers and informing school leaders of actions that can be taken to eradicate these
  • The highest expectations for all our children and staff, and the wider community

Our Equality Objectives 2021-2025

Frimley Junior School aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard for the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • 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.

Our Equality Objectives are:

Objective 1: To attend ‘Race and Identity’ training and work alongside link councillor from the AQC.

Objective 2: To review the curriculum and resources to ensure appropriate representations of protected characteristics.

Objective 3: To raise awareness of social inequalities through a focus on the following protected characteristics: race, disabilities and religion.

Objective 4: To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs.

Objective 5: To close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially boys and girls, students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from different heritage groups.

To see the full Equality and Diversity Objective document for Frimley please click here:

https://www.frimley.surrey.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=276&type=pdf

To find out more information about equality and diversity please contact the designated member of staff for equality: Rachel Farage (Deputy Head) via [email protected]