Equality & Diversity
North Farnborough Infant School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and actively supports practices that promote genuine equality of opportunity for all staff and children.
We recognise our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and are committed to promoting the equality and diversity of all those we work with especially our employees, pupils, young people and visitors. We oppose all forms of unlawful an unfair discriminations, bullying and harassment and will make every effort to comply with the requirements of the Act and its subsequent provisions.
Promoting the nine protected characteristics
We strive to ensure our children understand that:
- All children are unique and deserve to be treated with respect
- We celebrate difference
- We are all equal in our difference
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Religion or belief
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
The nine protected characteristics are actively promoted at North Farnborough Infant School through:
- Our mission statement, School Development Plan and agreed social norms.
- Our school relationships and behaviour policy
- Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
- Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
- Assemblies and external speakers
- The promotion of British values in school life
- Developing a love of reading through a range of diverse authors and genres
- Discussion within curriculum subjects, ensuring we are promoting and teaching our core equality aims through a cross-curricular approach.
- Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
- Religious Education (RE) lessons and RSE lessons
- School Council
- Educational experiences and visits
- Outdoor Learning
- Guest speakers
- Developing links with the local community
- Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community
- Safer recruitment, retention and staff development
WE CHAMPION DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AND EMBED THE PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS INTO THE WHOLE SCHOOL ETHOS AT SOUTH CAMBERLEY BY:
- Embedding our values across our curriculum
- Delivering whole school assemblies linked to diversity and equality, British Values and school’s values. These promote the protected characteristics through the use of high quality texts which promote diversity and inclusion.
- Reading and discussing picture books and stories encouraging respect and developing understanding of diversity.