Equality

Equality Act Ferndown Upper meets the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 in the following ways. There are specific polices that direct the schools actions – copies of these polices are available upon request.
  1. ACCESSIBILITY PLAN & DISABILITY EQUALITY SCHEME
  2. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY – Students
  3. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY – Staff

Protected Characteristics
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
Ensuring equality is a prime directive for the school, we consider it when designing all of our policies, practices and day-to-day activities with a particular focus upon; admissions, lesson delivery, access to benefits and not excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment. This ‘due regard’ influences all of our decisions. We also focus upon (through our reporting and sanction system) eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation. We advance equality of opportunity through our whole school provision and we foster good relations through our behaviour systems, tutor programme and assembly rota. We also regularly survey our students and then take appropriate bespoke action depending upon what we have been told. An example of such would be delivering assemblies on Show Racism the Red Card as a result of a number of inappropriate social media posts from a number of our students. In order to ensure that equality is at the heart of every decision, rather than have a separate exercise, we integrate equality targets into our annual School Improvement Plan and examples of previous targets are:
  1. Narrowing gaps in attainment between groups of pupils, for example girls and boys.
  2. Improving school attendance of pupils from particular groups.
  3. Increasing the participation of particular groups in school activities.
  4. Reducing prejudice-related bullying and the use of derogatory language.
  5. Improving knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable pupils to appreciate and value difference and diversity – for example increasing understanding between pupils from different faith communities.