Equality at Pentland

Our school is inclusive; we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and we are committed to ensuring all members of our community are of equal worth.  We believe that the Equality Act (2010) and Public sector Equality Duty (2011) provide a framework to support our  commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. They also ensure that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement. We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Our approach to equality is based on 7 key principles

 All learners are of equal value. Whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, economic  background, national origin or national status, whatever their gender and gender identity, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background and whatever their sexual orientation.

We recognise, respect and value difference and understand that diversity is a strength. We take account of  differences and strive to remove barriers and disadvantages which people may face, in relation to background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here. 

We foster positive attitudes and relationships. We actively promote positive attitudes and mutual respect  between groups and communities different from each other. 

We foster a shared sense of cohesion and belonging. We want all members of our school community to feel a sense of belonging within the school and wider community and to feel that they are respected and able to participate fully in school life. 

We observe good equalities practice for our staff. We ensure that policies and procedures benefit all employees and potential employees in all aspects of their work, including in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development.

 We have the highest expectations of all our children. We expect that all pupils can make good progress and achieve to their highest potential.

We work to raise standards for all pupils, but especially for the most vulnerable. We believe that improving the quality of education for the most vulnerable groups of pupils raises standards across the whole school.

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