The Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Bicknor Road | Park Wood | Maidstone | ME15 9PS

Equality Statement 2017-2018

Equality Information

We recognise that the Public Sector Equality Duty has 3 aims:

  • to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the Act
  • to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • to foster good relations between people who have a shared characteristic and those who do not

The school is opposed to all forms of prejudice that could act as a barrier to achieving our legal duties and to being a cohesive community. These include:

  • disability
  • special educational needs
  • racism and xenophobia
  • gender
  • religious groups and communities
  • travellers, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • sexism and homophobia

The SLT and Governors will annually review how well these aims are achieved with regard to the protected groups under the Equality Act (race, disability, gender, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, sexual orientation, religion and belief)

Guiding Principles
In fulfilling the legal obligations and reiterating our school ethos we are guided by the following principles:

  • all learners are of equal value
  • the recognition and respect of difference
  • a fostering of positive attitudes and relationships with a shared sense of cohesion
  • good equality practice is carried out in staff recruitment, retention and development
  • any form of prejudice is addressed swiftly

Staff and Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school complies with legislation.
The Headteacher is responsible for implementing policy relating to equality and that all staff are aware of their responsibility for taking appropriate action in any cases of unlawful discrimination.
All staff are expected to|:

  • promote equality and inclusion in their classrooms, amongst colleagues and with visitors to the school
  • deal with any prejudice related incidents that may occur
  • plan and deliver a curriculum that reflects the guiding principles
  • provide and analyse quantitative and qualitative data that supports better understanding of equality groups and any issues that may arise e.g. attendance, bullying, exclusion

To close the gap between boys and girls in progress and attainment in reading, writing and maths across the school.