The Equality Act 2010 has created the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ which states that every public body, including schools and academies, have a legal duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share and do not share the following protected characteristics:
- pregnancy or maternity
- religion or belief
- gender identity
- sexual orientation
- marriage or civil partnership
At Neville’s Cross Primary and Nursery School, we believe that all should feel welcomed, valued and nurtured as part of our community.
This inclusion is essential as preparation for our children so that they can make a positive contribution to life in the multi-cultural, multi-faceted world in which we live. We aim to provide an environment where all feel valued and free from discrimination, reflecting the world in all its rich diversity. We are involved in the Educate and Celebrate programme and hope to achieve their award in recognition of our hard work! The approaches used in Educate and Celebrate have been recognised by Ofsted as best practice for taking a whole school approach to teaching equality. We have embedded the Educate and Celebrate programme throughout school, in lessons and assemblies. The programme provides positive relationships and understanding. It is based around a set of stories about different families, relationships and gender identities.
For further information please visit the Educate and Celebrate website www.educateandcelebrate.org.
At Neville’s Cross Primary and Nursery School we hold an Equalities Week each year focusing on raising awareness of the different protected characteristics. In recent years, these have included themes such as ‘Asylum and Refugees’, ‘Religion’, ‘Ability and Disability’ and ‘Different Families’.