As a local authority school, we are covered by the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010. As part of this, we must show details of how our school is complying with the public sector equality duty. Details of the this, and how as a school we promote equality and diversity, can be found in our Equality Information and Objectives policy below:
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value.
2. We recognise and respect difference.
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
Our school values underpin the above principles
Barnardos Positive Identity Service
Barnardo's Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Programme Undertaken 2019-2020
Working together to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Staff undertook training sessions by Barnardos experts. Selected children from each class also undertook a workshop and training to become Positive Identity Ambassadors.
The programme came about as a response to evidence that suggests young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans (LGBT) are more likely to experience bullying, and that this type of bullying
has significant effects on educational attainment, truancy and absence levels and emotional and mental wellbeing. At SHMPS, we believe that everybody is free to be themselves and not hide or change anything about their identity to 'fit in'.