Equality & Diversity
Equality & Diversity
'Equality is about ensuring everybody has an equal opportunity, and is not treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics.'
'Diversity is about taking account of the differences between people and groups of people, and placing a positive value on those differences.'
'Stereotypes stop us from being ourselves.'
'Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.'
At Bewick Bridge, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion & belief, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy & maternity, age or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.
We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Equality in Teaching and learning
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Equality in Admissions and Exclusions
Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristics.
Equal Opportunities for Staff
All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law. We are keen to ensure that the staffing of the school reflects the diversity of our community.
For more information, please see our Equalities Information and Objectives policy.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Bewick Bridge, we use strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure these outcomes for our children. The examples that follow show some of the many ways in which we seek to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Bewick Bridge, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for representatives on our School Council. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Education curriculum as well as in assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Bewick Bridge. Children are taught the rules and expectations of their classroom and the school. Children are taught the value and the reasons behind our rules and the laws that 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 reinforce this message.
At Bewick Bridge, children are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Bewick Bridge educate and provide boundaries for children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and Form Time work.
Bewick Bridge has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Positive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Bewick Bridge and is part of our school vision & rules. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout teaching and learning so that the thoughts and answers of all are respected.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping children with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Our curriculum is being developed to ensure a global perspective. Additionally, children are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.