Equality Information – Protected Characteristics
Promoting the Protected Characteristics at William Gilbert Endowed C of E Primary School and Nursery
We work to ensure that our children understand that:
There are no outsiders at William Gilbert
Everyone is different
We celebrate our differences
We are all equal in our differences
William Gilbert Primary School and Nursery is an inclusive school, and we welcome people from all backgrounds.
We believe that different cultures, talents, and life experiences bring richness and vibrancy to school life and help create an environment that supports us all in learning from each other.
We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with tolerance and respect. We want everyone to flourish and reach their potential, and we recognise that for some pupils’ extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
We take seriously our duties to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people of all backgrounds. This duty is set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity.
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
3. Gender reassignment
5. Religion or belief
6. Marriage or civil partnership
8. Sexual orientation
9. Pregnancy and maternity
At William Gilbert, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos.
Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:
· When you are in the workplace
· When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
· When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
· When you use transport
· When you join a club or association (for example, your local cricket club)
· When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments
William Gilbert Primary School and Nursery has a clear Equality policy with objectives, and we have an Accessibility Plan to support equal access for children, staff, parents and carers.
Equality Act guidance