The aims of this policy are: 

  • To ensure that all members of the learning community can achieve their potential free from intolerance, stereotyping and prejudice
  • To ensure that learners treat others with respect, aware of their rights and responsibilities
  • To ensure that staff are aware of their rights and responsibilities, and that they feel supported in dealing with prejudice of any kind

1. School Ethos, Vision & Values

Scissett Middle School is committed to ensuring equal treatment of all its employees, pupils and any others involved in the school community, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation, faith or socio economic status. We will ensure that no individuals are treated less favourably in any procedures, practices or aspects of service delivery simply because of intolerance, bigotry or discrimination of any kind. 

This school will not tolerate harassment of people based on their gender, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation, faith or socioeconomic status. 

We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for staff, pupils and all those receiving services from the school, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation, faith or socio economic status. The achievement of all groups of learners will be monitored, and we will use this data to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will aim to provide our pupils with a firm foundation which will enable them to fulfil their potential, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation, faith or socio economic status. We will seek to eliminate unlawful discrimination against learners and staff by adhering to our duties as an employer under the legislation (Equality Act, 2006).

At Scissett Middle School we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here. 

This policy is supplementary to the Equality and Diversity Community Cohesion policy, which reinforces our determination to create a fully inclusive learning community which values all members and promotes tolerance and understanding. None of our practices will result in individuals feeling alienated or degraded; instead we will celebrate differences and ensure that all members of our community feel valued and supported. 

2. Strategic Priorities 

  • Ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to achieve their potential
  • To recruit, retain and develop staff according to their skills
  • To ensure that all learners have equal access to opportunities within school and outside
  • To raise achievement across all groups and narrow the gap in attainment between groups
  • Raising aspirations across all groups
  • Delivering a curriculum that makes learning more personalised and more effective
  • Implementing effective monitoring and tracking procedures which identify and deal with pupils at risk of underachievement
  • Ensuring that learning and teaching are fully focused on raising achievement regardless of the background of learners
  • Ensuring that all learners, regardless of their ability, have physical access to the building and equality of access to the curriculum

Helen Baxter
Head Teacher

September 2012