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Equality and Diversity

At  St Barnabas CE Primary School we embrace and celebrate difference and diversity. Our highly diverse school, which reflects the diversity in both our local community and wider Warrington area, offers a warm and caring environment, rooted in Christian values and with a strong history of cultural diversity, where children thrive and are supported to become the best they can be. Our children have extremely high standards of behaviour and are very respectful of one another. We are highly inclusive, and our aim is that every child leaves our school as a happy and confident young person, with high aspirations and a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their life.

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a Single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) that applies to all public bodies including maintained schools.

Under the terms of the Equality Act the school has a general duty to show that it has ‘due regard’ to:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

To further the general duty the Government also introduced new specific duties, which require schools to: publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty, and prepare and publish equality objectives.

The document below sets out our position regarding these duties. 

Vision for Equality & Diversity

At St Barnabas, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background by:

  • Eliminating discrimination and harassment.
  • Valuing diversity and promoting positive relationships.
  • Providing an inclusive education which enables all pupils to develop their full potential.
  • Developing 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.
  • Respecting everyone and their views.
  • Having high aspirations, for our children, families and school community.
  • Understanding others and treating  each other respectfully.
  • Championing our school at every opportunity.
  • Valuing our health and wellbeing and looking after each other.
  • Meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010

We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.

At St Barnabas, 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.

 

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St Barnabas CE Primary School

Collin Street, Warrington,

Cheshire WA5 1TG

01925 633606