Equality & Diversity
Compliance with the Equality Act 2010 is the responsibility of all members of staff. Highlees Primary School does not condone any act of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
Highlees is committed to equality and valuing diversity and actively supports practices that promote genuine equality of opportunity for all staff and young people.
We are committed to promoting a positive and diverse culture in which all staff and young people are valued and supported to fulfil their potential irrespective of their age, disability, race, religion, belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We recognise our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and are committed to promoting the equality and diversity of all those we work with especially our employees, pupils, young people and visitors.
We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, bullying and harassment and will make every effort to comply with the requirements of the Act and its subsequent provisions.
The following groups have been identified as key recipients in terms of the provision of this statement:
- Are being looked after or Post LAC
- Have Special Educational Needs / Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
- Are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school
- Are from an ethnic group, including those from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller background
- Have English as an additional language
- Are missing in education
- Have Ill health, including hospitalisation, affecting attendance at school
- Are offending or at risk of offending
- Have mental health issues
- Are in receipt of free school meals
- Live in areas of deprivation
- Gifted and talented
- Are gender questioning or going through transition
- Are Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual
We always make reasonable adjustments and will actively seek to make reasonable adjustments, where there is a need to ensure that a disabled person has the same access to everything as a non-disabled person, as far as is reasonable. We will take positive and proactive steps to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles faced by a disabled individual, as far as is reasonable.
Our admissions criteria are defined under the admissions policy and are applied consistently to every young person, irrespective of any protected characteristic.
The curriculum is crucial to tackling inequalities for pupils including gender stereotyping, preventing bullying and raising attainment for certain groups. The principles of equality and diversity are embedded in our academic and social curriculum. Positive and proactive steps will be taken to prevent discrimination against, or victimisation of, any young person in the provision of education or access to any benefit, facility or service including educational trips, work experience and leisure activities.
Under the public sector equality duty (PSED) the school is required to set measurable equality objectives by 6th April 2012.
To advance equality of opportunity by improving progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils (KS1 and Y3 in particular) in order to close the progress and attainment gap in comparison to pupils who are not disadvantaged.
Awaiting data from ASP for attainment gap for Reading, Writing and Maths at KS1
To advance equality of opportunity by improving progress of SEND pupils in order to close the progress gap in comparison to all pupils.