EDI stands for Equality, Diversity and  Inclusivity. Our goal is to educate and celebrate everyone on different matters regarding equality, diversity and inclusion. The Student EDI Team have created subgroups as we found this is the most effective way to ensure there is representation of the protected characteristics across our school. Examples of our different subgroups are Religion, Race, LGBTQ and Gender Equality. One example of the work that we do involves giving assemblies across year groups to raise awareness and inform students about the history and the meaning of different events and people. In addition we send out newsletters which extend to parents and families as EDI extends beyond the school.

This statement sets out the King Edward VI’s Foundation’s commitment to the PSED and the expectations of each of our Academies, our Independent Schools, and the Foundation Office to our pupils, our staff and to our communities to encourage the development of a strong foundation of equality, diversity, and inclusion practice.


Each school will meet its obligations under the PSED by having due regard when making any decisions or implementing policies to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
    • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
    • Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

We seek to advance equality of opportunity by:

1. Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic.

2. Taking steps to meet different needs of people who have a protected characteristic.

3. Encouraging participation when it is disproportionately low

We seek to foster good relations through our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.

2. Responsibilities

Our schools make themselves as accessible as possible to all pupils, whatever their background or circumstances, by offering an environment that motivates staff and students and promotes productivity, excellence, and sustainable growth.

We are opposed to all forms of prejudice and have a zero-tolerance approach.

Every person in our organisation is responsible for creating and sustaining an inclusive environment based on mutual respect and is given the tools and help to do this. No one, including any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community will be discriminated against, harassed or victimised because of :

  •  Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital or civil partner status
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

All schools will have clearly defined procedures for addressing incidents of a potentially prejudicial, bullying, or discriminatory nature and to ensure that these procedures are available for staff and pupils to obtain.

3. Guiding Principles

In fulfilling the legal obligations referred to above we are also guided by the following nine principles:

  • Principle 1: All learners are of equal worth
  • Principle 2: We recognise and respect difference
  • Principle 3: We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
  • Principle 4:  We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention, and development
  • Principle 5:  We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers
  • Principle 6: We consult widely
  • Principle 7: Society should benefit
  • Principle 8: We base our policies and practice on sound evidence
  • Principle 9: We work towards measurable equality objectives

4. School’s Accountabilities and Objectives

All schools will take responsibility to appropriately engage with equality, diversity and inclusion legislation/statutory duties and responsibilities to ensure that the guiding principles listed above are adopted.

In line with our obligations of the PSED, the Foundation will create and publish specific and measurable equality objectives, based on the feedback we have received from schools and pupils and consultations and any evidence that we have collected and published. Schools will also publish their own equality objectives in line with the PSED for their schools.

The objectives that we identify take into account national and local priorities and issues as appropriate.

We keep our equality objectives under review and report annually on progress towards achieving them.

            King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy – A list of our school’s objectives is as follows: 

  • to continue to narrow the gaps in performance and enrichment opportunities for all students regardless of starting points and backgrounds;
  • to continue to foster a sense of belonging for all our students and staff;
  • to increase understanding between religious groups;
  • to reduce the number of homophobic incidents;
  • to continue to encourage allyship and exposure to non-stereotypical careers for our students;
  • to anticipate the needs of incoming pupils from a new group, such as traveller children;
  • to ensure staff involved in recruitment are trained in the recruitment process with regards to equal opportunities and non-discrimination;
  • to have in place reasonable adjustments for staff who have disabilities to ensure equity for all.


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