Equalities

R.E.A.L. Independent school supports the Equality Act 2010

Equalities and access is at the heart of our ethos and runs through our school from the policies and documentation – right through to the day-to-day interactions between staff, students, families and communities.

More information about the Equalities Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 states that meeting different needs involves taking steps to take account of disabled people’s disabilities. It describes fostering good relations as tackling prejudice and promoting understanding between people from different groups. It states that compliance with the duty may involve treating some people more favourably than others.

The equality duty covers the nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Public authorities also need to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination against someone because of their marriage or civil partnership status.

Some text in this article has been used and adapted from the Equalities and Human Rights commission website.

British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values in our schools and across the wider organisation to ensure that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Democracy:

  • We actively seek to involve learners in developing a personalised curriculum for them through our person centred approach
  • Learners and staff socialise together and enjoy playing games at lunch and break times. This promotes turn taking, sharing and collaboration. Favourite games at the moment include Code Names, Labyrinth, Articulate, Uno and Monopoly.
  • Our focus on relationships between staff and learners creates an atmosphere where all questions are valued.
  • We have developed a Learner Voice Forum – where young people take the lead in making decisions about the environment where they learn

Rule of Law

  • R.E.A.L. Independent Schools have a positive behaviour management policy, treating all learners without judgement and with respect and dignity to enable them to have the space to reflect and make better choices without the feelings of shame.
  • Our behaviour policy emphasises prevention, support for students, avoiding confrontation and the development of relationships, values and skills building
  • Learners are supported to take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Learners are provided with information from a range of different sources and encouraged to make positive choices

Individual Liberty:

  • ‘Choice’ is integral to the work we do with young people at REAL Independent School. Even for learners whose individual needs mean that they find it challenging to cope with too much choice they are given more limited options.
  • Learners have numerous opportunities to learn outside the classroom and out of their comfort zone. Learners have access to outdoor education opportunities which promote safe risk taking opportunities such as climbing, high ropes and caving. Regular overnight residential trips are offered to learners to enable them further opportunities to engage in positive activities

Mutual respect and tolerance:

  • At R.E.A.L. we have created an ethos of inclusivity where beliefs, cultures, races and difference is celebrated.
  • We have a diverse staff team to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Learners have regular opportunities to engage with the wider community.
  • Recently strong working relationships have been formed with local care homes and charities such as supporting the homeless.
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