Schools must produce policies that set out the guidelines and procedures that everyone in the school must follow. They must take in to account all individuals and groups within the school and show that equality and diversity are being recognised.
Here are some codes of practice, and legislation that form a basis from which the government can steer schools’ practice, policies and procedures.
How the practice promotes equality and values diversity
Race Relations Act 2000 - Written policy that includes information on practical ways in which schools will work to promote race equality
They must demonstrate working towards;
Improving relationships between racial groups
An admissions policy that does not discriminate
Include the strategies that will be used to monitor the difference the policy has to individuals and the school.
Disability Discrimination Act 2005
Providing children with learning difficulties other ways to learn e.g. audio equipment, larger print.
Providing children with physical disability improved access within the school building e.g . ramps, lifts or lighting.
It allows children to be in schools without having to face discrimination against their religion, ethnic origin, class or sex.
Provides equal access to all those with disability.
Special Educational Needs 2001
Educational providers cannot discriminate against pupils with special educational need or disability.
Allows children with disability to study in mainstream schools.
School policies – Every school will have its own policies. Each will need to outline its purpose and aims and the responsibilities of the staff.
For example – Anti bullying policy Special educational needs policy Equal opportunities policy Disability policy
Participation and equality of access
In schools now there are many different types of disability, people of different