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Principles into Practice - Points 1 to 4

The following list covers some of the main ways in which we seek to implement our moral and legal responsibilities to ensure equality within school.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  Because we have a duty towards the children in our care as well as to our employees, some measures may be relevant to each of these groups to a greater or lesser extent.  However, there is of course a crossover between many of these elements, and although they are numbered for ease of reference, the order in which they are listed should not be seen as being in terms of degree of importance, and nor should each element be seen as a discrete unit.  We believe that equal opportunities is an unquestionable principle, and these elements taken together are the basis on which we seek to demonstrate and promote this principle.


1.    Whenever the governing body reviews policies in school, we always take into account any relevant equal opportunity implications.  Where relevant, the details of equal opportunity considerations will be specifically identified.  The school's key policies are kept updated on our website, and all our policies are available by request at the school office.


2.    We regularly analyse the progress and attainment of all children in the school, including the progress and attainment of specific pupil groups.  Where we identify significant variations between the children who share a protected characteristic and children in the school generally, we then explore the reasons behind this.  It is important to ensure that children in particular groups are not being inadvertently disadvantaged, but it is equally important not to assume that the discrepancy is necessarily a consequence of a particular characteristic.  This means that we look at children individually, and examine why the discrepancy is showing up, so that we are best placed to support children in the way that is most appropriate for them.  We also recognise that each child is an individual, composed of a multitude of characteristics, and their inclusion in one or more protected characteristic groups should not be seen to define them without reference to everything else that goes to make the whole child.


3.    All aspects of the curriculum are open to all children, and we will always make adaptations where necessary to accommodate the particular needs of a child or group of children.


4.    We model the British values of respect and tolerance to all people, irrespective of characteristics, and we consider it our moral duty to promote and develop this understanding and good practice in the children themselves.  When a child demonstrates intolerance or disrespect with regard to the characteristics of another person, we will work with that child to strengthen their understanding of why their behaviour or language has not been appropriate.  In line with our teaching of the academic curriculum, we believe that education is by far the most effective response to incidents of intolerance or disrespect.