At QE we will take steps to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and eliminate discrimination or harassment across all the protected characteristics (age, race, gender reassignment, disability, marriage and civil partnership, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, gender, sexual orientation) within the school community.
We will actively encourage positive attitudes towards students and staff and expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect.
We will take reasonable and necessary steps to meet students’ needs by using a variety of approaches and planning reasonable adjustments for disabled students, enabling our students to take as full a part as possible in all the activities of the school. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure the school environment and its activities are as accessible and welcoming as possible for students, staff and visitors to the school. We are also committed to ensuring staff with a disability have equality of opportunity.
We will regularly consider the ways in which the curriculum and co- curricular will help to promote awareness of the rights of individuals and develop the skills of participation and responsible action.
Through our investment in the Personal Development Programme, we will regularly consider the ways in which we will support high standards of attainment, promote common values, and help students understand and value the diversity that surrounds them, and challenge prejudice and stereotyping.
We will monitor the progress and achievement of students by the relevant and appropriate protected characteristics. This information will help the school to ensure that individual students are achieving their potential, the school is being inclusive in practice, and trends are identified which inform the setting of our equality objectives in the school improvement plan.
We will collect and analyse information about protected characteristics in relation to staff recruitment, retention, training opportunities and promotions to ensure all staff have equality of opportunity. We will not ask health-related questions to job applicants before offering a job, unless it relates to an intrinsic function of the work they do. We will make reasonable adjustments such as providing auxiliary aids for staff with disabilities
We will ensure the curriculum is accessible to all students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or those for whom English is not their first language. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided for them, where reasonable adjustments are required. By planning ahead, we will ensure that all students are able to take part in co-curricular activities and residential visits, and we will monitor the uptake of these to ensure no one is disadvantaged on the grounds of a protected characteristic.
We will seek the views of outside agencies and partnerships with other schools where this is needed. In planning the curriculum and resources we will take every opportunity to promote and advance equality.
Bullying and Prejudice Related Incidents will be carefully monitored and dealt with effectively. Regular updates will be given to both existing and new staff to ensure that they are aware of the process for reporting and following up incidents of prejudice-related bullying – you can find a link to the DCC guidance below.
We expect that all staff will be role-models for equal opportunities, deal with bullying and discriminatory incidents and be able to identify and challenge prejudice and stereotyping.
We will regularly seek the views of students, parents, staff and visitors to the school, to ensure that the school environment is as safe and accessible as possible to all school users.
For all vacancies we welcome a diverse range of candidates.
We will ensure that all staff are aware of their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, the different forms of discrimination and what ‘reasonable adjustments’ mean in practice.