We recognise that the public sector equality duty has three aims and they are to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who have a shared characteristic and those who do not.
Cedars Academy will annually review how well we achieve these aims with regard to the protected groups under the Equality Act (2010) (race, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, religion and belief and sexual orientation).
We aim to provide the highest possible education for all of our pupils. The ethos of our school clearly reflects our commitment to fully including and respecting all members of our school community.
We have set ourselves the following objectives for 2019/20
- To ensure that staff and governors are aware of current legislation surrounding equality and diversity and understand the school’s responsibility.
- To promote cultural understanding and awareness and tolerance of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
- To promote mental health awareness and develop appropriate interventions where necessary.
- Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils for all groups of pupils; especially pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and pupils from minority ethnic groups.
- Continue to improve accessibility across the school site for pupils, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
- Monitor the incidences of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by pupils in our school. If such incidences arise educate young people through our curriculum and support so that they understand and respect other people's views and beliefs.
- To continue to develop positive social behaviours that enable all to feel included and safe.
- To continuously review and revise the curriculum so that it represents a diverse culture and society and encourages tolerance and respect.
- To ensure all our stakeholders understand our inclusive ethos both for our local and wider community.
For further information, please see the LAT Single Equality Scheme, Equalities Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty.