Equalities Information and Objective Statement

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Dovery Down Lower School’s general duties with regards to equality are:

 

-Promoting cultural awareness and understanding and eliminating discrimination.

-Fostering the development of good relationships.

-Advancing equality of opportunity

 

Dovery Down Lower School and the Governing body are committed to a policy of equality and aim to ensure that no member of our school community is treated less favourably on grounds of:

  • Sex

  • Race

  • Ethnic background

  • Marital status

  • Age

  • Sexual orientation

  • Disability

  • Religious belief.

 

Any behaviour, comments or attitudes that undermine or threaten an individual's self-esteem on these grounds will not be tolerated.

 

Aims to eradicate discrimination

We aim to provide equal access to high quality educational opportunities and to ensure that everyone feels that they are a valued member of our school community. We seek to provide a safe and happy environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and where we can all flourish and achieve our full potential.

We aim to empower our children to make informed choices so that they are better prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in a modern world. 

All members of our school community are responsible for promoting our equal opportunity policy and are obliged to respect and act in accordance with it.

We believe 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:

  • Promoting cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.

  • Monitoring and promoting the involvement of all groups of children in the extra-curricular life of the school, especially vulnerable groups including children with special educational needs.

  • Aiming to close gaps in attainment and achievement between all groups of children; especially boys and girls, children eligible for free school meals, children with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and children from different heritage groups.

  • Endeavouring to ensure that the staff body is reflective of the local community.

  • Eradicate any homophobic, sexist and racist language in the school and support the broader community.

 

Dealing with prejudice

 All staff, teaching and non-teaching, should view dealing with incidents as vital to the well-being of the whole school.  We do 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, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place led by SLT. 

 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 community

  • Treat other members of the school community unfairly

 

The school’s employees will:

  • Promote diversity and equality

  • Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude

  • Lead by example