Equalities and SEND
Woodingdean Primary School seeks to foster a warm, welcoming and respectful culture, which allows us all to question and challenge discrimination and inequality, resolve conflicts peacefully, promote equality and work and learn in a safe environment.
We recognise that there are similarities and differences between individuals and groups but we will strive to ensure that our differences do not become barriers to participation, access and learning and create inclusive processes and practices, where the varying needs of individuals and groups are identified and met. We therefore cannot achieve equality for all by treating everyone the same. We believe we all have equal rights, but may have different needs.
This is achieved by ensuring the well-being of all pupils. These well-being outcomes are embraced in every aspect of school life: personalised teaching and learning approaches; access to ICT; assessment for learning which engages pupils in having a say about their progress and SEN provision; and partnership with parent/carers, other schools and the local community.
We recognise and welcome our equality duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act,
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it,
- Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We recognise that it is unlawful to discriminate against a pupil, prospective pupil or a member of staff by treating them less favourably if they have protected characteristics:
- Age (staff only)
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy or maternity (staff only)
We link our work on equality to our duties under the Education Reform Act 1988 to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
- Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.’
We take seriously our duty to show due regard and this is evidenced through minutes of meetings and through the completion of equality impact assessments.
We welcome the involvement of and feedback from the school community on the information and objectives published. We also actively aim to recruit parents and carers who belong to protected groups to our governing body and Parent Teachers Association. Please speak to the Head teacher with any feedback or come to one of our meetings for groups of parents and carers.