Equalities Statement

Equality Statement

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics).

For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their gender, race, disability, religion or beliefs, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity.

Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also ‘protected characteristics’, but do not apply to our provision for pupils. Under the Act, Northern Counties School is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This requires us to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups
  • As a public organisation, we are required to:
  • Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty.  This is achieved via our Equalities Policy
  • Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable

Our Equalities Policy is in line with national guidance and contains information about how the school/college complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality.

Our Equality Objectives reflects our priorities and draws upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.

Equality Objectives

  • To promote cultural understanding and awareness.
  • To close gaps in the attainment and achievement of all groups of pupils. This includes: boys and girls, pupils eligible for pupil premium, pupils with different special educational needs and disabilities, and pupils from different heritage groups.
  • To further improve accessibility across the school for pupils, staff and visitors with disabilities.
  • To endeavour to ensure that the governance representation and staff in leadership roles is reflective of the education community we serve.

For 2015-2016, further Equality Objectives are:

  • To use pupil information to monitor children and young people’s achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, trends over time and comparisons with other education provisions.
  • To raise the awareness and skills of staff to promote fairness, equality, tolerance and good relations in the context of their role
  • To provide an environment that welcomes, protects and respects diverse people
  • To ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the education community at Northern Counties.
  • To increase pupils’ awareness and understanding of issues in different communities through a diverse curriculum and whole school assemblies.
  • Support community cohesion by supporting pupils to understand the diversity within society and everyone’s right to fairness and equality of opportunity.

Specific tasks relating to these objectives are embedded within education improvement documentation, the curriculum and policy documentation.

This statement will be reviewed annually and the impact of objectives will inform further targets.

September 2015

 

Our Aims

The aims for our children / young people are:

  • Promote a positive self-image that will permeate throughout their educational and social environments.
  • Ensure that children & young people are protected from significant harm, whether it is emotional, physical, sexual abuse, neglect or bullying.
  • To ensure that children & young people placed here gain maximum life chance benefits from educational opportunities, health care and social services, and tailored packages of care.
  • To ensure effective mechanisms are in place to handle complaints.
  • To ensure that children & young people have confidence in people to whom they can speak to/communicate with and who will speak on their behalf to local authorities and to others.
  • To ensure through regulatory powers and duties that children & young people in regulated services such as our own, are protected from harm and poor care standards.
  • To ensure that the Registered Manager and staff are appropriately skilled, trained and qualified to promote the uptake of training at all levels.
  • To increase the awareness of children and young people about life in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual including the local deaf community.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to gender equality, cultural diversity and special needs of all kinds.
  • To encourage caring for others, as well as themselves.
  • To maintain strong links with their home, community, including family and friends.
  • To work in partnership with parents and other carers and consult with them about all aspects of their child’s care.
  • To broaden their interests in and out of the home that could form the basis of long-life pursuits.
  • To ensure that each child/young person has an equal opportunity to gain from the resources available and all cultural, religious, dietary, health and gender related needs will be met.