We believe that every child is made in the likeness of God and that their dignity and individuality must always be respected.
At Our Lady of Victories, we are committed to maintaining and nurturing a culture of inclusion, accessibility and diversity for all pupils, Staff, parents, guardians and carers.
We hope that all those connected to OLV feel proud to be part of our school community and feel welcome and able to participate in the life of the school.
We aim to ensure equality of education, opportunity and support for all our pupils and to provide a workplace of opportunity and support for all our Staff.
We are delighted to be a school made up of many languages and cultures and we are working to ensure that we celebrate this diversity.
EQUALITY ACT 2010
We are guided by the Equality Act 2010 which provides protection from discrimination. The protected characteristics under this legislation are: age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE EQUALITY ACT - the 'Public Sector Equality Duty' (PSED)
We understand our responsibilities and that we have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination and other prohibited conduct;
- give equal opportunities to people who share a protected characteristic as those who do not share it;
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
HOW WE FULFIL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
We have due regard to the above by:
- demonstrating awareness of our duties under the Equality Act 2010 by assessing the impact any decision or action will have on people with protected characteristics;
- considering equality implications when developing and approving policies, and reviewing them regularly with equality in mind;
- integrating these duties by carrying out the analyses necessary to comply with the duty seriously, rigorously and with an open mind (not just a box-ticking exercise);
- ensuring that we take full responsibility for carrying out this duty - it cannot be delegated elsewhere.
WHAT THIS MEANS IN PRACTICE
- We will monitor the achievements of pupils who share a relevant characteristic (eg. age, disability, gender, race) and will use the data to support pupils, ensure inclusive teaching and raise standards.
- Some data may need to remain confidential so that individuals cannot be indentifiable through the data (GDPR).
- We will consider the equality implications when developing and approving policies, and reviewing them regularly with equality in mind.
- We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes, and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.