Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Oasis. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.
Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students. Our way of doing this is to work hard to improve students’ attainment and the standards of teaching and learning continually. At the same time, we also aim to meet the needs of the whole person and the whole community because we understand that the whole of life is education and that everyone who is part of a student’s life affects that student’s understanding of life and, therefore, his or her education. In this sense, every person matters.
Our Commitment to the Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 gathers together various different pieces of equality legislation which have been developed over a number of recent years. It sets out some key equality provisions for the delivery of education and a requirement for public bodies to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between different groups. Against the background of the UK's increasingly diverse communities, Oasis recognises that this Act plays a major role in recognising the UK's historic commitment to tolerance.
The Equality Act 2010 is, therefore, an important and significant piece of legislation for Oasis because its key provisions underpin the aim of Oasis itself: an equal and inclusive society in which difference is understood and respected. This Academy is committed to meeting its obligations within the law and being a good expression of Oasis' own commitment to equality.
In the above document is the Equality Duty plan. In developing this plan, we have identified and recorded progress towards achieving equality and tackling discrimination and we have come to a better understanding of the challenges still to be addressed. We will ensure that this single equality plan is effectively implemented and scrutinised so that we meet the obligations placed upon us by the equality duty. Promoting the priorities identified within our single equity plan will be a continuous process.
The three aims of the general equality duty are as follows:
1. To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.
2. To advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not by:
- Removing or minimising disadvantage suffered by people due to their protected characteristic.
- Taking steps to meet the needs of people with certain protected characteristics where these are different to the needs of other people, including taking steps to take account of disabled people’s disabilities.
- Encouraging people with certain protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their proportion is disproportionately low.
3. Foster good relationships between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Compliance with the general equality duty may involve treating some people more favourably than others. The 9 protected characteristics are as follows: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The Academy Councillors and staff of Oasis Academy Fir Vale understand that compliance with the general equality duty is a legal obligation that will better inform decision making and policy development. We further recognise that achieving the three aims stated will ensure we can successfully meet the needs of our diverse population of students and draw on the talents of a diverse local community to ensure we better represent the wider community that we serve.
Oasis Academy Fir Vale has considered how well we currently achieve the aims of this duty about the protected equality groups. Using information that we have gathered we have decided upon our equality objectives. Our plans to meet these objectives will be monitored annually.
In compiling equality information, we have:
- Reviewed the academy’s equality data, policies and practice and identified any gaps.
- Examined how our academy engages with the protected groups, identifying where practice can be improved.
- In line with legislative requirements, we will review progress against our equalities plan annually, evaluating on a four-year cycle.