Equalities

Principles

The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 has 3 main aims:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. We want to provide an environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimization of any kind. We want to educate our pupils in an environment which recognizes, celebrates and draws upon the diversity of Oldham and offers equal respect, appropriate support and fair rewards for all our pupils.

At our school, equality is a key principle for treating all people the same. The Equality Act defines eight ‘Protected Characteristics’ :

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Pregnancy and maternity
  5. Race
  6. Religion and belief
  7. Gender
  8. Sexual orientation

We are committed to giving all our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. We actively tackle discrimination against those with a disability, racial discrimination, sexual harassment and discrimination and we promote equal opportunities and good relations between and amongst all. We aim to ensure that the school promotes the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist. We aim to reflect the diversity of our local community and society and ensure that the education we offer fosters positive attitudes to all people.

Our school admissions policy is equally open to pupils of all groups.

 We believe that these commitments are as important in the context of our school as well as in a school with a more ethnically diverse population.

Disability and SEN

In the Equality Act, ‘disability’ is defined as follows:

‘A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Not all children with disabilities will have SEN- the Department for Education defines children with SEN as:

‘Having learning difficulties or disabilities which make it harder for them to learn or access education than most other children of the same age.’

There can be a significant overlap between the two groups and a child may fall within one or more of the definitions.

The Equality Act makes it illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability for a reason related to their disability. It is also illegal to have rules, policies or practices which apply to everyone but which may disadvantage people with disabilities. Our school is required to make reasonable adjustments to allow children with disabilities to fully take part in the activities. These requirements are derived from the Disability Discrimination Act-

Less favourable treatment– children with disabilities are entitled not to be treated less favourably than non-disabled children for a reason relating to their disability, without reasonable justification.

Reasonable adjustments– children with disabilities are entitled to have reasonable adjustments made with respect to admission arrangements or in provision of education and associated services, to prevent them being placed at a substantial disadvantage, unless the refusal to make those adjustments can be justified.

Our academy trust Equalities statement is available under the policies section of the website.

Please click here for our equalities objectives.