At Marden Primary Academy we aim to create an inclusive culture for all staff, pupils, families and visitors to the school. Using the Equality Act (2010) we have devised an objective Equality Statement and Objective.
As an internationally-minded school, we tackle prejudice and promote understanding. We recognise, respect and value people’s differences and ensure that individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and age. Children learn about protected characteristics and we promote equality and diversity treating all staff, students and all stakeholders including parents and carers, fairly ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable children and staff to fully participate in the learning process and achieve and equip children and staff with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination.
Life events often give us cause to reflect on our society and our individual roles and responsibilities within our society. We believe that education should give students the tools to engage, discuss and debate with people from all backgrounds and beliefs. As educators, we are clear that we need to do more to truly achieve this aim.
The following statements are the agreed Equalities Objectives:
- Where necessary, close the gap between boys and girls in English, Mathematics and Science at all key stages.
- To close the gap in performance of all pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
- To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the curriculum.
- To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudice-based bullying
Enhance and diversify our curriculum
We will read more, listen more and learn more about our community in order to enhance and diversify our Academy curriculum. We will demonstrate educational leadership by influencing inclusive teaching practices on a wider scale. We will support all members of our Academy to develop, maintain and celebrate all forms of identity. We do not want any members of the community to feel excluded from our Academy and we will continue to address all forms of discrimination in a proactive manner.
We acknowledge there is much work to be done on a local, national and global level, and we remain committed to playing a more active role in the years to come.
- If you would like to learn more about human rights, visit the website for Amnesty International: amnesty.org.uk
- If you would like to learn more about equality in the UK – visit the website for the Equality and Human Rights Commission: equalityhumanrights.com/en
- If you would like to learn more about equity and justice – visit the website for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: www.jrf.org.uk
- If you would like to learn more about racial equality – visit the website for The Runnymede Trust: runnymedetrust.org/
- If you would like to learn more about LBGTQIA+ rights – visit the website for Stonewall stonewall.org.uk
- If you would like to learn more about gender equality – visit the website for the United Nations: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality