Equality and Diversity
Radcliffe On Trent Infant and Nursery School is an inclusive school where we focus on the wellbeing and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth. We aim to be a place where everyone has an equal opportunity to ‘Learn. Grow, Achieve, Together’.
Schools are expected to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 brought together all the legal requirements on equality that the private, public and voluntary sectors need to follow. It affects equality law at work and in the delivery of all kinds of services and, in the context of this policy, in all aspects of the provision of education.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our Equality objectives currently are:
- To promote positive self-identities and attitudes between/about people who share a protected characteristic and those that do not.
- To ensure that our curriculum, environment and resources used in school reflects the rich diversities of the UK.
- To raise levels of attainment in core subjects for children with protected characteristics.
Using JIGSAW as an approach to teach equality, diversity and inclusion
Our RHE/PSHE curriculum is delivered through the JIGSAW scheme of work, which is a mindful approach to the teaching of PSHE. JIGSAW is taught across every year group. There are 6 learning themes that are returned to and developed each year called Puzzles. These are:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
The scheme supports our work on understanding and promoting equality and diversity in a child-centred, age-appropriate way. In particular the Celebrating Difference puzzle specifically looks at similarities and difference and teaches about diversity and everyone’s right to ‘difference’. The Relationships puzzle looks at relationships and how we should treat each other.
For more information regarding our PHSE/RHE curriculum and the JIGSAW approach please click here PSHE Curriculum.