At Churchfield, our ethos is that every single member of our school community has the right to be respected and treated equally.
We believe that equality should just be a simple expectation for every person. Every child, parent, staff member and member of our community is unique, and we value that uniqueness. We also recognise that equality and safeguarding go hand-in-hand, and in particular with the protected characteristics. We ensure that our staff receive regular support and training on the Equality Act, and especially the protected characteristics so that every single member of our school community feels valued, respected and safe.
The Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
A person belonging to a particular age (for example 32 year olds) or range of ages (for example 18 to 30 year olds).
A person has a disability if she or he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
The process of transitioning from one sex to another.
Refers to the protected characteristic of race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.
Religion or Belief
Religion refers to any religion, including a lack of religion. Belief refers to any religious or philosophical belief and includes a lack of belief.
Marriage/ Civil Partnership
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman or between a same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can also have their relationships legally recognised as ‘civil partnerships’.
A man or a woman.
Whether a person’s sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.
Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth.
How We Promote the 9 Protected Characteristics
- Through our school ethos, values and aims
- Through our Behaviour and Rewards Policy, and other key documents
- Conscious role modelling by all adults in our school community
- Active engagement and communication with all parents, carers and the local community
- Daily assemblies
- British Values that are embedded across school
- Discussion within curriculum subjects, ensuring that a range of people are represented in all tasks and learning
- Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
- PHSE and Personal Development (PHSE & PD) sessions
- Religious Education (RE) lessons
- Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
- Pupil Voice
- Educational visits
- Guest speakers
- Developing links with local, national and international communities
- Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community