Shobnall Primary & Nursery School is committed to equalities – treating people fairly. We strongly value diversity and celebrate people’s differences.
We are committed to the elimination of harassment, discrimination and prejudice experienced by individuals and groups, including (but not exclusively) on the grounds of age, pregnancy, belief or lack of religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or natural origin, disability, being pregnant or having a child, being married or in a civil partnership and being or becoming a transsexual person.
Equality Information & Objectives
Shobnall Primary & Nursery School strives to ensure that it fulfils its equality duty. The school equality procedures are in place and reviewed annually. This process will involve consultation with relevant key stakeholders, i.e. staff, students, parents and governors, and will be open minded in its approach. The procedures, and the practices that arise out of it, ensure that there is no discrimination within Shobnall Primary & Nursery School.
Our equality objectives are:
- To close the gap in performance of all pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
- To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the curriculum.
- To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudice-based bullying.
The Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is a duty placed on public bodies. As a school, we are a public body. The PSED requires us to have due regard and the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination;
- Advance equality of opportunity;
- Foster good relations.
The PSED is about transparency and accountability in decision making and about considering how different people will be affected by activities.
Equality Act 2010
We believe that all of our pupils, staff and parents have equal rights and should be treated equally regardless of any differences. Shobnall Primary & Nursery School is committed to meeting its responsibilities in relation to the Equality Act of 2010 and aims to uphold the three main elements of the Act:
- 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.
Over the course of the academic year our pupils will have assemblies on a range of themes associated with raising the profile of equality and diversity. Not only do we as a school have a legal duty to promote the ideals of equality and diversity in light of the Equality Act 2010 but we have a moral duty to prepare our students for a world that is diverse.
Themes covered will include differences and perceptions based on race, religion, gender, class, sexuality and ability/disability.
Many of these topics are further explored in areas of the curriculum including English, History, RE, Science and PSHE. The main aim of this focus is to encourage discussion and to raise awareness and appreciation of our differences by educating our children and parents we hope to improve our communities relations and remove barriers of fear and ignorance that often cause discrimination to occur.
We provide all staff with training on issues that deal with equality, social integration and community cohesion as part of their own professional development.
Equality and the Curriculum
Our curriculum reflects the attitudes, values and respect that we have for all ethnic groups that make up the diverse community of our school. So, for example, the history curriculum gives due emphasis to ancient Islamic traditions and cultures in the work that the children do on the Early Islamic Civilisation. Religious Education will focus on religious festivals, the children study the importance of Diwali to Hindus and Vaisakhi to Sikhs. We also celebrate Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter and Harvest through a range of whole school assemblies and topics that are studied by the children.
As a school, we constantly review the curriculum and ensure that it reflects the needs of our community and our children.