HERITAGE PARK equality objectives
Since 6 April 2012 public bodies have been required to publish at least one, or more, equality objectives and at least every four years after that.
Heritage Park is committed to the principle that all staff, pupils and stakeholders should be treated with dignity and respect.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against ‘protected characteristics’, identified as gender, race, age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity.
Under the act all schools are expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
The equality objectives for Heritage Park from September 2023 reflect the inclusivity of the school:
- To ensure that staff and governors are aware of current legislation surrounding equality and diversity and understand the school’s responsibility.
- To promote cultural understanding, awareness and tolerance of different minority groups within our school and the community.
- To promote mental health awareness, provide support, raise awareness and develop appropriate interventions where necessary.
- To monitor the incidence of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students.
- To have Equality and Diversity ambassadors for both staff and students, to ensure equality remains a high priority of the school.