Educating for Equality
Award Lead: Mrs Salmah Akram
This year we have started our three-year journey in to becoming a Race and Gender equal school. Our aim is that by the end of the three years we will have fully adopted the Race and Gender Equality agenda across our curriculum and amongst all aspect of school life.
What does Race Equality mean?
Race is a protected characteristic that refers to an individual's race, color, nationality and ethnic or national origins. The Equality Act replicates the provisions of previous legislation.
Colour includes, for example, being black or white.
Nationality includes, for example, being a British, Jamaican or Pakistani citizen.
Ethnic or national origins include, for example, being from a Roma background or of Chinese heritage.
A racial group could be, for example, ‘Black Britons’ which would include people who are both black and British citizens.
What does Gender Equality mean?
Removing limiting effects of gender stereotyping on children’s choices, behaviours, aspirations and achievement, so that their sex and gender do not dictate their path in life.
Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex or gender. Sexism can affect anyone, but it primarily affects women and girls. It has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles and may include the belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically superior to another.
Gender discrimination may encompass sexism and is discrimination toward people based on their gender identity or their gender or sex differences. Gender discrimination is especially defined in terms of workplace inequality. It may arise from social or cultural customs and norms.(wiki)
Our journey so far:
We are currently working towards the Allegiance criteria as part of the Educating for Equality Award. Although in its early stages, so far, we have:
Updated our Equal Opportunities Policy and Behaviour Policy in line with The Equality Act 2010.
Delivered staff CPD on Race, Gender, Self-Identity and Bias the impact of this on our practice.
Further CPD on exploring Gender and Race across the curriculum is planned for early 21/22.
Completed audits on areas such as Jigsaw (PSHE), Big question, assemblies and school displays.
Started to review our History Curriculum across school for themes of Eurocentric and/or Androcentric natures and considered what steps need to be taken to address these.
Added categories for Race, Sexism and Homophobic behaviour on to our behaviour/safeguarding recording system (CPOMS).