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Specific aims of this policy
The school is committed to:
We define our commitment thus:
All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our school must ensure that it provides genuine equality of access, opportunity and treatment for all. Such equality is not merely a matter of offering opportunities; rather it is a matter of taking positive action to ensure that opportunities are taken up and used.
The assumptions and beliefs which influence attitudes, curriculum content and organisational practice, will affect the children and adults in the school, governors, parents and the Local Authority.
We must all be active in pursuing and recognising entitlement for all.
Children soon become aware of the ways in which people are grouped in terms of class, gender, race, age and ability. They should learn to question the stereotypes produced by social groupings.
Children need to explore the ways in which cultural diversity can be celebrated and inequality and prejudice overcome.
All pupils have:
Staff and Governors
Equal opportunities in the classroom
Pupils’ demands on teacher time
Equality of teacher time for each child
Issues of balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of the group
Equality Of Opportunity For Staff
The school pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the workplace.
Advertising will encourage application from suitable candidates.
The placing of advertisements for vacancies, including the wording to be used and where the post should be advertised take account of our desire to promote equality of opportunity.
Recruitment and Selection
Each applicant is assessed for shortlisting according to his or her relevant qualifications, relevant experience, professional competence, and quality of letter of application.
The procedures for making appointments are as laid down in terms of reference of the Governing Body’s Resources Committee.
Application forms include Milton Keynes Council’s Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. Applicants are asked to complete this and the information is then returned, in strict confidence, to Milton Keynes Council for statistical purposes only.
Interviewing panels will only ask questions relevant to the post and designed to fit the job descriptions and selection criteria.
At the beginning of interviewing procedures the Chair of the interviewing panel will remind the panel that inappropriate questions must not be asked.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Review
This policy and its implementation will be monitored and evaluated by the Headteacher. It will be reviewed by the Governing Body every three years or sooner where new legislation regarding Equal Opportunities arises.