Our School and the Public Sector Equality Duty

 We welcome the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) which is designed to eliminate unlawful discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. The general duties are to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Advance equality of opportunity.
  • Foster good relations.

The Equality Act 2010 harmonises and streamlines legislation that has come before it. The Act refers to protected characteristics:

  • Age (for employees not for service provision)
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Sex (including issues of transgender)
  • Gender reassignment
  • Maternity and pregnancy
  • Religion and belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership (for employees)

Our Equalities Statement

Horizon School is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity in all aspects of school life and across all three sites. At the heart of Horizon School is a belief that all young people deserve a high-quality education, to feel safe and have a sense of belonging at school, regardless of race, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other attribute. We will challenge discrimination through our curriculum and/or when witnessed and be willing to consider the potential for unconscious bias.

Our Equalities Statement will be updated annually in the Autumn term.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Equalities Objectives

As a new school we want to ensure our objectives are linked to the needs of our pupils and staff. These will be set early Spring Term to ensure we have a clear understanding of appropriate objectives related to Stakeholder Voice. We are currently in the process of collecting views from our stakeholders.

Equality Values and Vision within Horizon School

  • Love & Inclusivity. We recognise some children will face greater barriers to their learning and development than others. We are committed to helping all children to overcome these so that they can grow and thrive to be well rounded, healthy, educated citizens.
  • Freedom and the promotion of social mobility. Although we recognise the challenges most of our young people have faced within education, we aim to inspire high expectations for all our pupils and refuse to accept change is not possible.  
  • Community: Children’s education cannot be isolated from their social context and, in particular, their family/carers and peer environment. To raise a child’s aspirations beyond their expectations, we must also raise the aspiration of their families and the wider community. Community engagement is not an additional activity that successful schools do; it is fundamental to how they work. 
  • Aspire and believe in the potential of our young people. Aspiration is a precursor to self-improvement; it is not sufficient in itself, but limited aspiration will limit achievement. 
  • Preparing tomorrow’s adults to contribute to social, economic, environmental, and cultural sustainable development. We educate children to improve their own life chances and opportunities, but we also educate them as trusted members of a community and a global society.

 The School is in the process of developing an Equalities Policy which will describe our approach to equalities in depth