Equality Policy

St. Demetrios Greek School is committed to encouraging equality and diversity of education and opportunity for all students, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio‐economic background.  The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of the following characteristics:  

  • Race   · Disability   · Religion or belief 

Purpose The purpose of the policy is to set out the practices that demonstrate

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;  
  • Foster good relations between people and those that do not 
  • Will ensure that we involve students, staff, governors, parents/carers and the community in achieving the best outcomes for the students.

 

Equality objectives:

  • Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation;  
  • Promoting equality of access and opportunity within the schools and within the wider community;
  • Promoting positive attitudes to difference and good relationships between people with different backgrounds, genders, cultures, faiths, abilities and ethnic origins;

 

Race Equality   The general duty to promote race equality means that the schools must have due regard to: 

Eliminating racial discrimination  

Promoting equality of opportunity 

Disability Equality   The general duty to promote disability equality means that the schools have due regard to:

  • Promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people 
  • Encouraging participation by disabled people in public life  

 

Admissions and Exclusions The admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on race, gender, disability or socio‐economic factors.    Exclusions are based on the school’s Behaviour Policy.    We will closely monitor exclusions to avoid any potential adverse impact and ensure any discrepancies are identified and dealt with.

 

The Head Teacher is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the work of the staff
  • Making sure the policy and its procedures are followed;
  • Producing regular information for staff and governors about how the policy is working and providing training for them on the policy if necessary;
  • Making sure all staff know their responsibilities and receive training and support in carrying these out;
  • Taking appropriate action in cases of harassment and discrimination;
  • Making sure the Equality Policy is regularly monitored and reviewed.

 

All staff are responsible for:

  • Dealing with incidents of unlawful discrimination and bullying;
  • Being able to recognise and tackle bias and stereotyping;
  • Promoting equality and good relations between all groups;
  • Keeping up to date with the law on discrimination, and taking up training opportunities;