Equality Objectives

Humphrey Perkins students are growing up in a diverse society both locally and more globally through use of social media. Our key aim is to ensure that our young people are tolerant, empathetic and respectful of the differences amongst our society and that they have the confidence to challenge all types of discrimination and negative portrayal of certain groups of people.

The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the wider school policies.

 

Ethos

The School stands against all forms of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability and other types of prejudice.

This is achieved through the following objectives:

  • Promotion of cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community and beyond.
  • Monitoring and promotion of the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from minority ethnic groups.
  • Continue to improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
  • Endeavour to ensure that the staff body and representation of staff in leadership roles is reflective of the local community.
  • Reduce the incidence of the use of homophobic, sexist, racist and any other derogative language by students in the school.

 

Humphrey Perkins - Equality Objectives

Humphrey Perkins recognises that the public sector equality duty has three aims and they are to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who have a shared characteristic and those who do not

Humphrey Perkins is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive, caring and supportive environment, which is committed to the promotion of genuine equal opportunities for all. We recognise that every member of the school is regarded as of equal worth and importance, irrespective of their faith, culture, class, race, gender, sexuality and/or disability. The Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity statement builds on the core values of the school:

  • Resilience
  • Reciprocity
  • Reflectiveness
  • Resourcefulness

Equality Objectives 2021-22

Objective

Action

Date

Staff and governors more fully understand the Equality Duty and the college’s responsibility

Staff training day including guest speakers, student speakers, group discussions, department pledges

January 22

Governor meeting

March 22

Increased understanding of the need for positive affirmation of LGBTQ+ staff and students

Staff training day

Governor meeting

January 22

March 22

Celebrating diversity events together

World Mental Health Day

Black History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

International Women’s Day

Pride Month

October21

October 21

February 22

March 22

June 22

Staff and students use appropriate pronouns to support wellbeing

Staff training day

Trust Diversity newsletter

January 22

December 21

PSHE including Assemblies, Tutor Time

Consistent use of behaviour policy to educate / sanction

Ongoing

Reducing sexist and LGBTQ+-phobic language & encouraging students to be upstanding

PSHE including Assemblies, Tutor Time, posters

Consistent use of behaviour policy to educate / sanction

Ongoing

Diverse cultures are valued and understood

Global learning supports student understanding of the complex backgrounds of refugees, Ukraine, Afghanistan

Ongoing

Closing the academic gaps for SEND, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and other vulnerable groups

Wide range of actions – see Development Plan

Ongoing

Increasing the understanding of mental health

PSHE including Assemblies, Tutor Time

Ongoing

Curriculum celebrates diversity and supports an understanding of equality issues

Trust and school work to review

Ongoing

Raised awareness and understanding for staff of barriers for colleagues who come from ethnic minority, LGBTQ+, disability or working class backgrounds - and the gifts which these characteristics bring to our school community

Diversity Research Group, sharing learning

Diversity newsletter

Staff training day

Ongoing

Termly

January 22

Staff with protected characteristics are supported to identify barriers to progression and enabled to overcome these

Performance management focus on barriers (practical and perceived) to progression

October 21 and ongoing

 

Equality Objectives outcomes 2020-21

Objective

Action

Impact

Increased awareness of mental health

High priority within PSHE as students manage the residue of the pandemic

Students are more supportive and understanding of those with mental health and manage their own mental health concerns more effectively

 

Students are more understanding of diversity and value difference

PSHE including Assemblies, Tutor Time

Increased understanding of selves and each other

 

LGBTQ+ diversity is celebrated

Installation of new displays, flags and creation of staff focus group

Explicit affirmation of LGBTQ+ characteristics supports student wellbeing

 

Celebrating diversity events together

World Mental Health Day

Black History Month

International Women’s Day

LGBTQ+ History Month

Pride Month etc

Students’ understanding, compassion and affirmation increases

 

Students’ understanding of the complex background of global events is enhanced

Assemblies and Tutor Time

Staff and students have an increased understanding of the global situation

 

The school is visually represented as a community which includes and values diversity at all levels

Increased use of diverse visuals on school websites, in recruitment materials, in school displays

Staff and students increasingly see themselves as included and valued. Staff are increasingly recognising the opportunity for progression to all levels in the organisation.

 

 

For further information, please see the

Equalities Act 2010

Public Sector Equality Duty