At Ark Greenwich Free School we believe that we meet our equalities obligations in many ways including through our strong school culture and ethos, our broad and balanced curriculum offer that enables all pupils to experience academic success, our provision for pupils’ SMSC through our highly-structured Wellbeing programme and our detailed termly and annual analysis of outcomes for different groups of pupils.
Ark Greenwich Free School and Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 outlines the three aims of the general duty to have due regard for Equality, across all organisations:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations across all protected characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Specifically, due regard is to be given within organisational life in order to:
I.Remove or minimise disadvantages
II.Take steps to meet different needs
III.Encourage participation when it is disproportionately low.
At Ark Greenwich Free School we have a strong commitment to fairness and equality in everything that we do.
- We endeavour to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
- We work hard to make sure that the school is a safe and secure environment for everyone.
- We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
- We recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
- We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example through talking to pupils and parents/carers.
- We aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; their ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation.