Speedwell Infant School Equality Statement

At Speedwell Infant School we aim to fulfil our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties, with regards to equality are:
•    Eliminating discrimination.
•    Fostering good relationships.
•    Advancing equality of opportunity.

We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:
•    Gender.
•    Race.
•    Disability.
•    Religion or belief.
•    Sexual orientation.
•    Gender reassignment.
•    Pregnancy or maternity.

Speedwell Infant School aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.   We do this through a range of cross curricula activities, events and learning experiences across the year.

Speedwell Infant School believes that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:
•    Being respectful.
•    Always treating all members of the school community fairly.
•    Developing an understanding of diversity and the benefits it can have.
•    Adopting an inclusive attitude.
•    Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all.
•    Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness.
•    Following the ‘Golden Rules’

We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that are beyond their daily experiences and understanding to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others.   Such concepts will be delivered in an age appropriate way that prevents discrimination, and instead promotes inclusive attitudes. We will also respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes which pose conflicts to their own beliefs.

Speedwell Infant School does not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported we will ensure appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.

At Speedwell Infant School our pupils are taught to be:
•    Understanding and respect of others.
•    Celebratory of cultural diversity.
•    Eager to reach their full potential.
•    Inclusive.
•    Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour.

The school’s employees will not:
•    Discriminate against any member of the school.
•    Treat other members of the school unfairly.

The school’s employee’s will:
•    Promote diversity equality.
•    Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude.
•    Lead by example.

Speedwell Infant School does not discriminate against staff with regards to their:
•    Age.
•    Disability.
•    Gender reassignment.
•    Marital or civil partner status.
•    Pregnancy or maternity.
•    Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.
•    Religion or belief.
•    Sex or sexual orientation.

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.

We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.

Prejudice is not tolerated at our school and we are continuously promoting an accepting and respectful environment for our schools community.