Diversity and equality

We value diversity.

We learn to identify and to challenge privilege, stereotypes and unconscious bias.

We value what is gained by being when we share in and celebrate the heritage, the voices and the experiences of people from all backgrounds.

We recognise, and develop sensitivity to, the needs and experiences of people from all backgrounds.

Our curriculum represents the valuable contributions of figures from all backgrounds so our children can learn about and be inspired by their examples. We want our children to see themselves represented positively and aspire to the achievements of these role models.

We also teach our children about those whose experiences have been or remain historically-disenfranchised, why this has happened and empower them to shape their community to overcome these barriers in the future.

With these aims and values in mind, we continually evaluate our policies, our practice, our knowledge and our curriculum to ensure that we identify opportunities to improve the school.

 

RACE Charter Mark award

On 1st July, the school was recognised nationally for our commitment to improving race equality and prioritising an inclusive culture where staff, students, parents and partners of all ethnicities are equally valued, by being awarded the bronze level RACE Chartermark.

 

Developed by SSAT (the  Schools,  Students  and  Teachers  network) and  Fig  Tree  International,  the Race and Conscious Equality (RACE) Charter Mark is for schools, academies and  colleges,  both in  the  state  and  private  sectors, in  the  UK  who  wish  to  demonstrate  their commitment  to  action  and  improvement  in  relation  to  race  equality in  all  aspects  of  their  work  as educators,  employers  and  community  leaders.

 

To achieve the charter mark Isle of Ely Primary School completed a comprehensive package of training for governors, senior leaders and middle leaders, and submitted an evaluation detailing our work towards equality so far and an action plan pledging their commitment to ongoing development in this area.

 

Angelina Idun, Director of Education, SSAT said:

 

I am delighted that Isle of Ely Primary School has been awarded the bronze RACE Charter mark. Their application and action plan clearly show a positive ethos and culture which champions and strives for conscious equality and inclusivity throughout the school community. We look forward to continuing to work with the school to see their strategic vision fully realised.”

 

Ann Palmer, CEO, Fig Tree International said:

 

I am absolutely delighted that Isle of Ely Primary School is receiving this recognition.  This recognises their determination to make a difference, not only in their own school, but also in the local community.  Isle of Ely Primary School has joined a great group of schools and colleges who are part of the RACE Charter Mark community. We applaud them for their work and aspirations to build a more inclusive society.”

 

Legal framework

  1. We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender (including issues of transgender, and of maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, and sexual identity.
  2. We welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.
  3. We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

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