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Equal Opportunities

Introduction

This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for the equal provision of opportunities at Vita et Pax Preparatory School.

Rationale

For the purposes of this policy statement, ‘equal opportunities' refers to the development of the intellectual, physical and social potential of all, regardless of faith, age, gender, ethnicity, social background, sexual orientation, physical or intellectual ability. 

Aim

At Vita et PaxPreparatory School, we aim to promote the principle of fairness and justice for all, ensuring equal access to a curriculum which is relevant for all so that they may experience success and achieve their full potential. We aim to value all and develop within them a positive self-image and a sense of personal and collective responsibility since this is a prerequisite of success. Everyone is encouraged to recognise and challenge harmful stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes, showing respect and consideration for all members of the school community in order to promote confidence and achievement.

Objectives

  • to incorporate a V.A.K. (Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic) approach to all learning.
  • to abide by the school ‘Teaching and Learning’ and staff development policies.
  • to ensure that children are grouped sensitively to develop their confidence, in order to enhance and promote each individual’s learning.
  • to provide opportunities for collaborative work where children can learn from each other and acquire mutual respect for each other’s point of view.
  • to monitor resources to ensure they provide positive images and where bias is evident, to provide opportunities for pupils to discuss the issues.
  • to monitor displays and topic work to ensure they are representative of the diverse cultures within our school.
  • to provide opportunities for pupils to raise and debate equality issues, impressing upon them that it is unjust to make assumptions based solely on faith, gender, race, social background, physical or intellectual ability.
  • To ensure that all recruitment, employment, promotion and training systems are fair to all, and provide opportunities for everyone.
  • to be aware of all staff’s potential and duty as a role model and focus of attention for pupils.