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Equality & Diversity

What is equality?

Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents.  It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.  Equality recognises that historically certain groups of people with protected characteristics such as: race, disability, sex and sexual orientation have experienced discrimination.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits all employers, service providers and providers of education, from discriminating against, harassing or victimising individuals with protected characteristics. Any individual who believes that they have been discriminated against, harassed or victimised as defined by the Equality Act 2010 can take a claim to a tribunal or court. Legal action would normally be started within six months of the unlawful act. To meet the needs of disabled people, the Equality Act 2010 states that reasonable adjustments can be made for disabled people, and that it is not unlawful discrimination to treat disabled people more favourably than non-disabled people because of their disability.

For more information regarding the  Equality Act 2010, click here.

Equality objectives for our school

Woodside Junior School is committed to ensuring equality of provision throughout the school community. The following objectives are designed to ensure that the school meets the needs of everyone. We aim to eliminate discrimination - taking account of all minorities, gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, disability, ability, sexual orientation, age and social circumstances. We strive to include and engage all pupils to prepare them for full participation in our diverse society.

Our equality objectives are as follows:

  • Ensure that every child has access to the full curriculum
  • Promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences - both in and beyond the school
  • Tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with disabilities
  • Ensure that all pupils are given similar opportunities with regard to after school clubs and activities
  • Allow equal access to information for all parents
  • Ensure the school environment is accessible as possible to all pupils, staff and visitors
  • Promote equal opportunity and access
  • Promote and celebrate diversity, regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin, religious belief or disability
  • Treat all people equally and operate a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination
  • Oppose all forms of prejudice for example: sexism, homophobia
  • Give every child the best opportunity to learn and achieve high standards and to take part in all school activities
  • Promote community cohesion within the school, local community, country and worldwide

To achieve this we will:

  • Ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and make the best of every opportunity to provide equality and promote diversity
  • Track pupil groups and individual, analysing information and putting provision into place should it be needed
  • Provide appropriate resources as required

Please click here to view our Equality and Diversity Policy.