Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is unlawful for a school to discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil by treating them less favourably because of their:
- Disability (physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities);
- Religion or belief (including no religion or belief);
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender reassignment;
- Pregnancy or maternity;
- Marriage or civil partnership.
At Uplands Community College, we are committed to ensuring that students, staff and visitors are treated equally and respectfully. In line with our statutory duties, we publish equality information and report on equality objectives.
We have set the following specific and measurable objectives to work towards in 2017/8.
- To close gaps in attainment and achievement between groups of students, especially between girls and boys, students eligible for the Pupil Premium, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked-after children and students from different heritage groups;
- To improve the attendance of students within the protected groups and other potentially vulnerable young people, including those in receipt of the Pupil Premium and/or the Sixth Form Bursary;
- To reduce fixed-term exclusions for students from the protected groups;
- To eliminate the use of any discriminatory or pejorative language (including racist, homophobic, sexist etc.) in the College;
- To ensure Uplands’ students are aware of achievements of people from protected groups and that they develop empathy for the challenges faced historically and currently by people represented by the protected characteristics (for example, we celebrate Black History Month, Disability Month, International Women’s day and LGBT History month).