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