Ethos Academy Trust is committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving provision from the service, irrespective of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the Academy feel proud of their identity, able to participate fully in the provision offered and feel valued, cared for and listened to. The development of a positive self-image, self-advocacy, respect for others and an awareness of the value of each individual’s contribution to the academy community is an integral part of our ethos.
The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, sex, Pupil Premium eligibility and SEND and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, work and visit here.
Ethos Academy Trust aims to meet these obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty by having due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
Ethos Academy Trust Equality Policy is supplemented by equality objectives within each academy. The equality objectives have some common themes but are focussed on making a real and meaningful difference at individual academy level, with measurable outcomes.
In addition to this, Ethos Academy Trust has three overarching trust-level objectives as follows:
Equality: Ensure that the Trust remains a nurturing and inclusive environment for both their workforce and students through a robust induction process and continuing training programmes that encompass opportunities to educate and empower individuals to address and action inequalities within their workplace/academy where they find them.
Diversity: Ensure that the celebration of diversity is evident within individual academies and centrally through curriculum planning, media communications and environments by promoting an accurate representation of the diverse communities within the Trust, with a focus of further developing safe spaces for individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and the LGBTQIA+ community.
Inclusion: Increase the feelings of inclusivity within the Trust community, developing employee resource groups that celebrate and bring together those that share an affinity, allowing them to connect across all the academies.