Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity at Westminster Nursery School

We follow the Equality Act 2010 with due regard to protected characteristics - race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. We aim to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct prohibited by the act
  • Advance equlity of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relationships across all characteristics

Many of our policies have links to this area, including our behaviour and anti-buying policy. 

 

Westminster Nursery School Equality Policy

Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to respect, promote, and celebrate the rich diversity within the school, local community and wider society.

Legal Duties

As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. The general duties are to:

  • Eliminate Discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

 Westminster Nursery School understands the principles of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.

A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups listed below:

  • Age (for employees only)
  • Disability
  • Race (includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • Gender (including issues of transgender)
  • Gender reassignment
  • Maternity and pregnancy
  • Religion and belief (includes lack of belief)
  • Sexual identity
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership (for employees)

In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties.  These are to:

  • Publish equality information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions

We will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child

 Prepare and publish equality objectives

To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school. This will include the following functions:

  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Attainment
  • Exclusions
  • Prejudice related incidents

Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above however where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group we will include work in this area.

We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.

We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

In fulfilling our legal obligations we will:

  • Recognise and respect diversity
  • Foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging
  • Observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development
  • Aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers
  • Consult and involve widely
  • Strive to ensure that society will benefit

Our Ethos/Mission

 In accordance with our values and vision statements, we pledge to respect the equal    human rights of all our pupils and to educate them about equality.

  • We will also respect the equal rights of our staff and other members of the school community.
  • In particular, we will comply with relevant legislation and implement school plans in relation to race equality, disability equality and gender equality.

Responsibility

We believe that promoting Equality is the whole school’s responsibility:

 

School

Community

Responsibility

 Governing

 Body     

Involving and engaging the whole school community in identifying and understanding equality barriers and in the setting of objectives to address these.

Head teacher

As above including:

Promoting key messages to staff, parents and pupils about equality and what is expected of them and can be expected from the school in carrying out its day to day duties.  Ensure that staff have appropriate skills to deliver equality, including pupil awareness.  Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.  

Lead Teacher

To support the Headteacher

Ensure fair treatment and access to services and opportunities. Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.

Teaching Staff

Help in delivering the right outcomes for pupils.

Uphold the commitment made to pupils and parents/carers on how they can be expected to be treated.

Design and deliver an inclusive curriculum

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents.

Non Teaching Staff

Support the school and the governing body in delivering a fair and equitable service to all stakeholders

Uphold the commitment made by the head teacher/principal  on how  pupils and parents/carers can be expected to be treated

Support colleagues within the school community

Ensure that you are aware of your responsibility to record and report prejudice related incidents

Parents

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these. Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment given to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

Pupils

As appropriate to their age and understanding - Supporting the school to achieve the commitment made to tackling inequality.

Uphold the commitment made by the head teacher on how pupils and parents/carers, staff and the wider school community can be expected to be treated.

Local Community Members

Take an active part in identifying barriers for the school community and in informing the governing body of actions that can be taken to eradicate these. Take an active role in supporting and challenging the school to achieve the commitment made to the school community in tackling inequality and achieving equality of opportunity for all.

  

We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Single Equality Policy and our published equality information and equality objectives by publishing them on the school website, and through the Governing Body.

 Complaints

Complaints with regard to this policy will be dealt with via the schools complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from the school office.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

The effectiveness of this policy will be monitored by the head teacher in consultation with governors and staff.  It will be reviewed and updated annually.

 

 

Link to Equality Act 2010

Contact the School

Westminster Nursery School

Mrs E M Hulse - Headteacher

Westminster Nursery School
Nelson St,
Crewe, Cheshire East
CW2 7LJ

Tel: 01270 560319
admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Emma Connor

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