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Equality and Diversity

Equality of opportunity is at the heart of our values as an Academy. We are against all forms of discrimination – whether that be on grounds of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or age. We oppose all forms of intolerance towards any group, however manifested. We have zero tolerance of any form of discrimination or prejudice.

 

                                                                   

 

As a school we work closely with Telford and Wrekin Multi Diversity Team http://www.telfordeducationservices.co.uk/multicultural-development-team-mdt, Telford African & African Caribbean Resource Centre  https://www.facebook.com/TAARCuk/, as well as our wonderful school community. 

 

Equality Objectives Statement

At Priorslee Academy, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. These duties are

  • Eliminating discrimination
  • Fostering good relationships
  • Advancing equality of opportunity

We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy or maternity

 

                                                                     

 

Priorslee aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.

Priorslee believes that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:

  • Being respectful
  • Always treating all members of the school community fairly
  • Developing an understanding of diversity and the benefits it can have
  • Adopting an inclusive attitude
  • Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all
  • Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness

 

Our School Development Plan/Objectives for Equality and Diversity for 2021 - 2022 focuses upon:

To engage with MDT’s services to support, guide and create PD opportunities:

- For all staff to access racial incident training. 

- For all teaching staff to access equality and diversity training. 

- For all Governors to access racial incident training. 

- For one member of support staff from each group to be trained to support children with issues related to protected characteristics. 

- All members of SLT to be trained in using the IRIS incident logging system. 

All equality, anti racism, diversity and EAL policies to be reviewed and updated:

- Head of School to work with MDT to review policies during Autumn 2021. 

- New policies to be shared with staff, and then ratified by Governors. 

- Updated policies to be added to the school website. 

Annual review of classroom resources:

- Class teachers to look at the demographics of their classes throughout the year and to purchase resources and books to promote representation of all pupils and families.

Curriculum opportunities that promote equality and diversity and are embedded:

- Long term plan will be adapted during Autumn term with MDT, Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning and SMSC Lead and implemented from Spring term. 

                                                                    

 

We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Challenging and controversial concepts will be delivered in a way that prevents discrimination, and instead promotes inclusive attitudes. We will also respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes which pose conflicts to their own beliefs.

Priorslee Academy does not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported, through a thorough reporting procedure, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.

 

                                                                    

 

 At Priorslee, our pupils are taught to be:

  • Understanding of others
  • Celebratory of cultural diversity
  • Eager to reach their full potential
  • Inclusive
  • Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour

The school’s employees will not:

  • Discriminate against any member of the school
  • Treat other members of the school unfairly

The school’s employee’s will:

  • Promote diversity equality
  • Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude
  • Lead by example

Priorslee Academy does not discriminate against staff with regards to their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital or civil partner status
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex or sexual orientation

 

                                                                   

 

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.

We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures or staffing decisions are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.

Prejudice is not tolerated at Priorslee and we are continuously working towards a more accepting and respectful environment for our school’s community.