Equality Statement and Objectives
The overall objective of Eaton Primary School is to provide a framework for the school to pursue its equality duties to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment; promote equality of opportunity; and promote good relations and positive attitudes between people of diverse backgrounds in all its activities.
The principles of this policy apply to all members of the extended school community: pupils, staff, governors, parents and community members. Partners and contractors are also expected to abide by the policy.
We will not tolerate less favourable treatment of anyone on the grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, and religion or belief. Through our school ethos, curriculum and community links, we will work towards:
a common vision
a sense of belonging for all
similar life opportunities for all
strong and positive relationships between different communities.
Through our Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy (see below), Eaton Primary school seeks to ensure that no member of the school community, or any person through their contact with the school, receives less favourable treatment on any grounds which cannot be shown to be justified. This covers race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, marital status, responsibility for children or other dependents, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, trade union or political activities, socioeconomic background, where the person lives, or, spent convictions. Equality and Diversity is more than just meeting legal obligations, or targets.
It’s about making a difference to the lives of the people we serve, treating all people with dignity and respect, and recognising the value of each individual. This means an ongoing commitment to ensuring that our services meet the varied and individual needs of children and young people in our school.
We will make sure that our employment practices are fair and promote equality.
We will actively value the wide variety of lifestyles and cultures, locally and nationally.
We will prepare children and young people for living in a diverse society with increasing global connections and controversial issues.
We will ensure that the principles of this policy are reflected in all our policies, practices, procedures and services and are part of everything we do.
Our school is slightly smaller than average: a one-form entry school with pupils organised into seven single-age classes. Foundation Stage provision is in a Reception class. Extended school provision includes breakfast and after school clubs.
The school is situated in the centre of Eaton, a rural Cheshire village. Almost all pupils are from White British family backgrounds. The small minority from minority ethnic backgrounds are White Irish, White European, or from mixed White and British Asian families. A minority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The social and economic circumstances of the pupils are relatively advantaged overall. There is little deprivation and many pupils are from families where parents are in business or work in the professions. The proportion of pupils eligible for free meals is typically low.