At St John’s Special School and College, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender (including issues of transgender, and of maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, and sexual identity; and we welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998. In fulfilling these legal obligations, we are guided by nine principles:
Our policies, procedures and activities do not discriminate but nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face, in relation to:
Protected Characteristics – these are the characteristics which are afforded explicit protection from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. The characteristics are:
Human rights legislation is also considered when undertaking Equality Impact
Assessments (see below). Although socioeconomic status is no longer a protected characteristic within the Equality Act 2010, it is good practice to have regard for this dimension of equality when conducting Equality Impact Assessments.
All staff are expected to:
We foster positive attitudes and relationships and ensure the principles above apply to the full range of our policies and practices.
We aim to be an inclusive school and to make all our children feel welcome and happy, looking forward to their school day.
We are a special needs school and we make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage.
Our accessibility plan (annexed to our Equality & Diversity Policy, available on our website) describes the arrangements we have already made and the further proposals planned to improve physical access to the school, access to the curriculum and access to written information.
The school has a policy and ‘school offer’ for supporting children with special educational needs which are reviewed every year. These are available in the school office and on our website. Our aim is for all children to have access to all aspects of school life, as far as is reasonable, safe and practical.