Equalities and Diversity

Equalities at Writhlington

Like all public sector institutions, the school has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have ‘due regard’, when making decisions and developing policies, to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • Foster good relations across all protected characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

This is a duty which we not only wish to fulfil to comply with the law, but because it is central to realising our vision for our students to achieve their aspirations and become well-rounded, confident and compassionate individuals who go on to live successful lives and make a positive contribution to society.

These outcomes for students are built on our Writhlington values – respect, resilience, ambition, confidence, kindness, success– all of which align with our equalities work. Every individual in the school is included in this vision and we recognise the need to be proactive in our work with those who belong to a protected group in pursuit of equality of outcome. There are close links between our equalities work and mental health and well-being.

Student Leadership

Student leadership is central to young people believing in, and taking ownership of, equalities issues and thus enabling them to make a positive contribution to a more tolerant and respectful school. The school has an active pupil Equalities Council and School Council who shape the school’s work.

Equalities Strategy

To promote the equalities agenda, we undertake a range of activities. These include, but are not exclusive to:

  • An equalities focus in assemblies and tutor time;
  • ‘Flagship’ events championing protected groups, such as marking International Women’s Day, Pride and Black History Month;
  • Teaching about SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural), difference and diversity through PSHE and PB;
  • Adhering to clear protocols for tackling discriminatory language or behaviour, including working with the Police and Local Authority if required
  • Training for staff from external organisations

British Values

The Government requires schools to support UK democratic values, including individual liberties within the law, equality, mutual tolerance and respect. Writhlington School promotes these values (commonly known ‘British values’) through themes such as citizenship in assemblies, tutor time and PSHE lessons. The values align closely with our school values which are explored through our Character Programme. This programme enables pupils to reflect on their own values (including reference to British values), beliefs and the impact of these. Promoting British values also enables the school to safeguard young people by helping to prevent them being drawn into extremist or violent views. The DSL and Deputy DSLs and all staff are ‘Prevent trained’ proportionate to their role and the school liaises closely with the Local Authority if there are cases of concern about radical or extreme views by pupils or students.

Race Equality Charter for Schools

We have signed up to the Bath and North East Somerset Race Equality Charter. More details can be found here.