Equality and Diversity
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
At GCMS we:
- try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and respectfully
- want to make sure that our school is a safe and secure place for everyone
- recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them the same
- aim to make sure that no-one experiences less favourable treatment or discrimination because of:
- their age
- a disability
- their ethnicity, colour or national origin
- their sex
- their gender identity (whether they have reassigned or plan to reassign their gender)
- their marital or civil partnership status
- their being pregnant or having recently had a baby
- their religion or belief
- their sexual identity and orientation
We recognise that some pupils need extra support to help them to achieve and be successful.
We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and are involved in our decisions, especially children, parents and those of us who may be treated less favourably.
We teach our pupils respect, responsibility and compassion for all.
We welcome our duties:
- to promote community cohesion (under the Education and Inspections Act 2006);
- to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations (under the Equality Act 2010).
We also welcome the emphasis of Ofsted inspections on the importance of accelerating the progress of children from groups who are underachieving.
As part of this we will:
- outline how we have due regard for equality and how we promote community cohesion
- publish equality objectives to show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities and improve what we do
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and acceptance, understanding that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
British values are taught to the children through the PSHCE curriculum, assemblies as well as underpinning the values we uphold as a school.