The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct 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 between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Ilminster Avenue Academy is an inclusive school, where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination,
promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of
disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value
2. We recognise and respect difference
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
We ensure that our pupils are exposed to and taught about all protected characteristic through our curriculum. The objectives below
are our priorities for the next 3 years.
Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of data and other information. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where
we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. We will regularly review the progress we are making
to meet our equality objectives.
The Academy recognises the benefits of having a diverse Academy Community, with individuals who value one another, and the different contributions everyone can make. Pupils will be taught to value and respect others. The Academy is committed to being an equal opportunities education provider and is committed to equality of opportunity for all members of the Academy Community. In the provision of equal opportunities, the Academy recognises and accepts its responsibilities under the law and opposes discrimination on the basis of:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief (including lack of religion or belief)
- sexual orientation and (in the case of adult members of the Academy Community)
- marital or civil partnership status; and
These can be called the Protected Characteristics. The Academy also opposes all bullying and unlawful discrimination on the basis that a person has a special educational need or learning difficulty, or because English is an additional language.
The Academy is committed to promoting equality and has produced policies to assist promotion of the following aims:
- to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those without
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The Academy accepts applications from, and admits pupils irrespective of their Protected Characteristics and will not discriminate on these grounds in the terms on which a place is offered. The Academy will treat every application in a fair, open-minded way.
The Academy’s admissions policy reflects the Academy’s approach towards equal opportunities and is consistent with this policy.
To ensure that this policy is operating effectively with respect to admissions, and to identify those sections of the local community which may be under represented in the Academy, the Academy monitors applicants’ gender, race, disability and religion or belief as part of the Admissions procedure. We also maintain records of this data in an anonymised format solely for the purposes stated in this policy.
The Headteacher is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and regular analysis of the data monitored and will arrange for the taking of appropriate positive steps to eliminate unlawful direct and indirect discrimination where necessary. The Headteacher is also responsible for reviewing whether the aims of this policy are carried out throughout all areas of the Academy and taking appropriate action where necessary.