Haggerston School is a diverse school community; a strength we celebrate and promote. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all members of the School Community and recognise our duty under the law to oppose all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and marital or civil partnership status. We oppose all bullying and unlawful discrimination on the basis that a person has a special educational need or learning difficulty, or because English is an additional language. These beliefs are fundamental to how we think and operate as a school, our commitment to principled leadership, and to the values we teach our students.
Our key principle is to enable every individual student to develop their full emotional, social and academic potential. This is pivotal to our values and ethos. All students are entitled to actively participate in meaningful and relevant learning experiences which will prepare them to lead successful lives.
As a public sector school we aim to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that the following groups must be taken into account. People identified in the following groups are considered to have a protected characteristic.
Marriage and civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion or belief
We ensure that all policies and practices comply with the public sector equality duty set out in section149 of the Equality Act 2010. However, we want to go further than meeting our statutory duty. In recognition of the lack of diversity in leadership across the education sector and beyond, we seek to provide opportunities for career development for all staff, including those who are often under-represented, such as women, black and ethnic minority leaders. There are some practical steps we can take to support this, such as welcoming applications from staff proposing job shares, looking favourably upon flexible working and part time requests and providing a range of leadership opportunities within school, such as leadership lectures (including from successful female, black and ethnic minority leaders). We are conscious in our recruitment process to mitigate against unconscious bias and seek, wherever possible to have diverse recruitment panels.
Below you can see the range topics that we are covering with our students during tutor time.
|Headteacher Assembly- We are independent thinkers|
|International women’s day 8th March|
|Why is it important to recycle?|
|Why is mental health important?|
The Pride Group
The Pride Group is a group of selected students that are being equipped to become ‘inclusion activists’ and who are confident and empowered to speak out about social justice issues within the school. This group of students feel empowered to point out equality issues and they are making our school a more welcoming place for everyone. The Pride Group has developed and ran a successful IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) awareness day where staff and students took power poses with rainbow flags and developed resources together to celebrate ourselves. They have also explore Black fashion Icons, Anti-Bullying week resources and developed key messages to support their peers. The Pride Group is linked to the charity ‘Just Like Us”. A Pride Group is a lunchtime school club that provides a safe place for LGBT+ and allies and it is a place for young people to meet, learn and get support. It can help pupils feel safer and less isolated, as they work together to tackle anti-LGBT+ bullying and make your school more inclusive and it is always a place to celebrate LGBT+ equality and allyship.
We ensure that students are actively involved in making us an anti-racist school.
At Haggerston School we say no to bullying of any kind.
Black Lives Matter
We believe that black lives matter and so do our students. Have a look at the video below to see what they have been creating in art to show their passion on this very important topic.