The staff and Governors of Brompton Hall School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. This commitment is made regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, family structure or economic background.
- Equal opportunities are primarily concerned with human rights, self-esteem and respect for others;
- The provision of equal opportunities depends on the attitudes and actions of all staff, whilst the overall legal responsibility for the development and implementation of this policy remains with the Headteacher and the Governing Body;
- It is unlawful to discriminate against pupils in terms of access to any benefits, educational facilities and services or school admission;
- It is similarly unlawful to discriminate against staff during recruitment, selection or promotion procedures;
- All pupils are entitled to receive a broadly based and balanced curriculum which promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and which will prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life;
- The provision of equal opportunities should permeate the whole curriculum and be not so much a goal to be attained but a road by which to travel.
- Particular teaching/learning styles (e.g. small group work) may encourage less confident pupils to take a lead;
- Personal, Social and Health Education offers many opportunities to consider equal opportunity issues;
- Teaching/child care programme and display materials should be selected to avoid bias and promote positive attitudes towards minority groups, gender issues and special educational needs;
- Home/school liaison and communication with parents is a significant aspect in promoting equal opportunities;
- Equal access to resources and facilities should be available to every pupil;
- It is the responsibility of every subject co-ordinator and key worker to include materials which promote equal opportunities;
- Staff must ensure that overt and hidden messages conveyed to pupils are positive and promote self-esteem. Staff may need to communicate this to parents and other professionals in the school when discussing pupils, particularly in their presence;
- Written reports should avoid ‘jargon’;
- Special diets can be catered for either medical reasons, cultural reasons or personal choice;
- The names of all pupils, their parents and staff must be accurate and correctly spelt;
- Assessment and recording procedures are in place which recognise achievement and experiences for all;
- All pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum at statutory school age, including the National Curriculum;
- Disapplication to areas of the curriculum or its assessment is not applied lightly and complies with statutory requirements;
- Class organisation is carried out according to chronological age, where numbers allow;
- The Governors follow North Yorkshire County Council guidelines when recruiting and selecting staff;
- The Annual Review procedure offers regular opportunities for ensuring that all special educational needs are being met, including access to specialist resources and provision;
- The Appraisal process and appropriate training ensure that staff have access to professional development activities in order to meet special educational needs more effectively;
- The school purchases appropriate resources to reflect equal opportunities across the curriculum and for staff guidance.
- The school aims to explore cultural traditions from a variety of sources. This work will be undertaken in conjunction with Religious Education.
- The school makes opportunities for pupils to recognise and celebrate the success and achievement of others.
The NYCC guidelines for equal opportunities offer more extensive advice. These are available from the Headteacher on request.