Equality and British Values
The DFE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs"
At Beacon these our school values are reinforced regularly and run through everything we do:
Be the best
Ambitious for all children
Caring, Creative & Challenging
Opportunity for all to succeed
The Governors and Staff at Beacon Primary School are committed to providing all pupils with a curriculum which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination. We are committed to overcoming sexist, racist and classist attitudes with an approach which seeks to raise consciousness and develop positive attitudes. Our practise is inline with the Equality Act 2010.
It is the right of all pupils to receive the best education the school can provide, with access to all educational activities organised by the school. We do not tolerate any forms of racism or racist behaviour. Should a racist incident occur, we will act immediately to report this following the correct procedures and make necessary adjustments to prevent any repetition of the incident.
We endeavour to make our school welcoming to all minority groups. We promote an understanding of different cultures through the topics studied by the children, we reflect this in the displays of work shown around the school and in class books celebrating different days/celebrations around the world.
Every pupil, regardless of race, is expected, and encouraged, to reach their potential by all staff. The expectations are underpinned by our monitoring of the performance of ethnic minority pupils to pinpoint and tackle underperformance.
We are committed to ensuring equal treatment of all our employed, pupils and visitors, regardless of gender identity, neither males, nor females, will be treated less favourably in any procedures, practices and aspects of school life.
At Beacon Primary school, we will not tolerate harassment of people based on their gender identity or transgender status. We will endeavour to use and display images which show positive images relating to gender.
Staff at school will challenge gender stereotyping and promote positive role models. Social relationships between boys and girls will be developed and encouraged so that there is a mutual respect and understanding between both genders. The dignity and privacy of transgender people will be protected by our procedures and practices.
We are committed to ensuring equal treatment of all its staff, pupils and visitors, with any form of disability and will ensure that disabled people are not treated less favourably in any procedures, practices and aspects of school life.
The definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 states a person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term (a year or more) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
A physical or mental impairment includes:-
- Learning difficulties
- Mental health conditions
- Medical conditions
- Hidden impairments such as autism or speech and language difficulties.
Please refer to our schools Equality policy for more information.
At Beacon Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days at Beacon. Each class devises their own class rules that they all agree to abide by in the class; these rules run alongside the basic expectations that we have for all pupils when at Beacon. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service are a regular part of our school calendar and we often have assemblies run by these key services and help to reinforce this message. During all events hosted at Beacon, we invite the emergency services to support so that they can have a visual presence and form the community links that are vital to society.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. All pupils and staff are expected to treat each other with respect. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We promote good manners to all children and encourage children to engage in conversations with everyone.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Beacon Primary School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse therefore we place great empahsis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies will be regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.