At St Thomas More, we work to ensure that our pupils and school community understand that EVERYONE is welcome here, we are all formed in God’s image and we actively work on teaching our pupils that:
- Everyone is different
- Our differences are celebrated
- We are equal in our differences
The aim at St Thomas More Primary School is to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equal opportunities and good relations in all areas of school life. We will provide a genuine Christian education which encompasses the dignity and equality of all people. We strive to be a community where all pupils, parents and carers feel safe and valued. We want everyone to thrive and reach their God given potential and we do recognise that some pupils might require extra support in order to help them achieve and be successful.
At St Thomas More we have a clear Equality policy with objectives, and we have an Accessibility Plan to support equal access for children, staff, parents and carers.
We take seriously our duties to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and cultivate good relations between people from different cultures and backgrounds. This duty is set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity. The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.
Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
At St Thomas More, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos.
Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination when:
- you are in the workplace
- you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
- you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
- you use transport
- you join a club or association (for example, your local cricket club)
- you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments.
Equality Act 2010 guidance click here