Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all of the aforementioned areas. Bullying, harassment or victimization are also considered as equality and diversity issues. Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students. Human Rights, Diversity and Equality
The six areas of diversity in law are disability, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and religion / belief. Discrimination is forbidden in these areas by legislation including: • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
• Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)
• Human Rights Act 1998
• Equal Opportunities Act 2004
• DDA – Disability & Discrimination Act 1995
• DDA Part 4 Code of Practice 1995
• SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
We can promote equality and diversity by:
• treating all staff and students fairly
• creating an inclusive culture for all staff and students • ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable students to fully participate in the learning process • enabling all staff and students to develop to their full potential • equipping staff and students with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination in their work/study environment • making certain that any learning materials do not discriminate against any individuals or groups.
It is important to support participation and equality of access so that every pupil has the same opportunities offered to them regardless of personal background. In order for us to achieve this we must involve the children in finding out what works well in school and what doesn’t. I believe that involving the children in this process would make the children more confident and feel more valued. The Equality Act 2010 states that there are seven different types of discrimination, which are:
· Direct discrimination: discrimination because of a protected characteristic.
· Associative discrimination: direct discrimination against someone because they are associated with another person with a protected characteristic. (This includes carers of disabled people and elderly relatives, who can claim they were treated unfairly because of duties that had to carry out at home relating to their care work. It also covers discrimination against someone because, for example, his or her partner is from another country.)
· Indirect discrimination: when you have a rule or policy that applies to everyone but disadvantages a person with a protected characteristic.
· Harassment: behaviour deemed offensive by the recipient. Employees can claim they find something offensive even when it's not directed at them.
· Harassment by a third party: employers are potentially liable for the harassment of staff or customers by people they don't directly employ, such as a contractor.
· Victimisation: discrimination against someone because they made or supported a complaint under Equality Act legislation.
· Discrimination by perception: direct discrimination against someone because others think they have a protected characteristic (even if they don't).
If we just ignored these guidelines we would not be offering the children the same opportunities as those we didn’t discriminate against.
Our school provides opportunities to ensure that children understand and value social and cultural diversity in Britain and the world. An essential part of preparation for adult life is preparation to live in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-faithsociety world and this is positively promoted in our school. The school does not allow any...