Codsall High is a mixed multi-ethnic school situated in the South Staffordshire village of Codsall on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. Codsall High School will adhere to all equalities legislation, including the three duties outlined in the Equalities Act 2010:
- To eliminate conduct that is prohibited by the Act
- To advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- To foster good relations across all characteristics.
The way in which we seek to do this is explained below.
Principles of our approach
Understanding and tackling the different barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for those people who have protected characteristics within school, while celebrating and valuing the achievements and strengths of all members of the school community is the key to our approach.
Those people with protected characteristics are defined as those who may be susceptible to discrimination because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, less able or socio‐economic background. These include pupils, students, teaching and support staff, parents, carers, governors, multi‐agency staff linked to the school, visitors to school and contractors.
We value diversity and believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth.
Students in our school undertake study of our Wider Learning programme, an assembly programme and have personal tutor time. Inclusion has a high priority in these sessions but as a school we go beyond that, seeking to challenge and correct discrimination in our school in all ages. Our school regularly make use of student, staff and parent surveys to review our progress in many aspects of school life, including inclusivity. The results of the survey at each collection are analysed and used to inform future school improvment.
Aims and Values
The legal and local framework for this policy is the Equality Act 2010 which replaces all previous legislation in relation to Equal Opportunities. As an inclusive school we aim to promote equality of opportunity in the following ways:
- by ensuring the curriculum entitlement of every student, including those with SEND
- by ensuring that all young people enjoy and achieve to the best of their ability in all areas of the curriculum;
- by removing barriers to learning so that all young people attain the highest possible standards and leave school able to take their place in the community;
- by ensuring that all young people feel safe, secure and confident within the school community;
- by ensuring that all young people transfer, to and from Codsall High School knowing that the next steps of their learning are planned and that their needs will be met;
- by ensuring that all young people are encouraged to develop into tolerant young adults who treat each other and their environment with respect;
- by ensuring that the views of all members of the school community are listened to and that our school embraces diversity;
- by actively tackling discrimination through clear procedures for discriminatory incidents which are understood by all.
We are a Staffordshire community school. Staffordshire County Council is committed to tackling inequalities both in our community and workforce. The Council is also required to:
- Publish an annual Gender Pay Report
- Publish an annual Workforce Profile
- Publish one or more objectives that it thinks it needs to achieve, to further any of the aims of the general equality duty every four years.
Staffordshire County Council have developed four priority equalities objectives for 2021-23:
- Review and strengthen our recruitment and retention processes and practices
- Review and strengthen our diversity and inclusion training offer to employees
- Strengthen our approach to engaging and collaborating with our workforce and communities on diversity and inclusion issues
- Raise awareness of, and celebrate diversity
Progress against these objectives will be monitored on an annual basis.
Our Equalities Policy is available on our policies web page.