Equal Opportunities Policy
Statement of Intent
We fully accept and welcome that society consists of many diverse groups and individuals and this diversity is an asset to the community, we also recognise that certain groups and individuals are discriminated against and we are opposed to this.
We recognise that we have a moral and legal responsibility to promote equal opportunities and we will pursue equality in all of our work.
Tittensor First School is committed to promote equality for all.
Tittensor First School is an Equal Opportunities Organisation. It is committed to the development of policies to provide for equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work. We will work to ensure that all our services are provided in a way that promotes awareness of the rights and needs of people from minority groups and enables all people to access to them.
Tittensor First School will take whatever steps are necessary including, if appropriate, use of the disciplinary mechanisms laid out in the code of conduct, to enforce the Policy. In addition, anyone connected to our group - helper, employee, pupil, parent or volunteer - who considers that he/she is suffering from unequal treatment on any grounds may use this policy to bring it to the school’s attention for action.
The Governors will bring to the attention of all employees, pupils, parents and volunteers the provisions of the policy and will provide such training as is necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the Policy.
The Governors shall have responsibility for the operation of the Policy. However, all have a duty to do everything they can to ensure that the Policy operates in practice.
Code of conduct
- People will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.
- At all times people’s feelings will be valued and respected. Language or humour that people find offensive will not be used, e.g. sexist or racist jokes or terminology that is derogatory to someone with a disability.
- No one will be harassed, abused, excluded or intimidated on the grounds of their race, sex, age, nationality, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
- Foul, insulting, abusive or racist remarks will not be tolerated from anyone associated with the group and behaviour of this type may lead to expulsion from the group.
- Incidents of harassment will be taken seriously. If the matter cannot be resolved by way of an acceptable apology and an undertaking that the offence will not be repeated, the following action will be taken:
- The person in question will be requested to attend a meeting of the Senior Leadership Team/ Governors to explain their actions
- In the case of a helper/volunteer, action may be taken as appropriate and if deemed necessary their involvement with the school may cease.
- In a case involving a member of the staff, employment by our organisation may be terminated.
Further information about Equal Opportunities can be found by going to www.equalityhumanrights.com, the website for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.