Equality and Diversity Statement
The Equality act (2010) put in place a number of duties for schools to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The protected characteristics are age, gender reassignment, disability, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation and pregnancy or maternity.
This act is applicable to staff and students alike whilst still allowing for a broad and challenging curriculum.
The Equality Act is reflected in:
- The vision, ethos and values of the school, which are included in both staff and student planners.
- All our Policies and Procedures, examples can be found in the school policies section on our website.
- The Respect Agenda, which is displayed around the academy.
In accordance with the Equality Act (2010) QKA is fully committed to:
- Recognising that all staff and pupils have identities which are unique to them. These identities include our ethnicity, but also our gender, sex, sexuality, disability, class and religion or belief.
- Challenging inequalities and systemic racial assumptions.
- Creating opportunities to celebrate diversity within the Academy and local community.
- Using teaching and learning to foster an understanding of the multicultural society in which we all live.
- Supporting young people’s right to speak out and engage as active citizens with the issues around racism and discrimination.
- Recognising that the responsibility and expectation of challenging racism and discrimination should not fall to certain groups of staff and students; but rather we work collectively, taking into consideration individuals’ viewpoints and experiences of exclusionary practices and policies.
In September 2020, the Academy established QKA’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Staff Working Group with the aim of:
- Providing a platform for staff to talk about race and racism.
- Developing an awareness of the issues around racism that affect students and staff at QKA.
- Empowering staff to challenge racial inequalities and biases within our school context.
- Exploring strategies to educate students, staff and parents about racism.
- Driving forward a strong anti-racism approach within our school setting.
- Discussing and delivering whole school initiatives, which reflect and celebrate QKA’s diversity.