Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
At The Avenue School, we are dedicated to nurturing diverse and inclusive communities where our pupils and staff are able to thrive and fulfil their full potential.
At Rise Partnership Trust we serve pupils with SEND and understand inclusion underpins everything we do. We are driven by our core values love, learn and laugh and believe that every pupil deserves an education that is right for them and pride ourselves on creating a bespoke curriculum that meets each pupils’ needs, interests and aspirations.
We are committed to achieving equality, diversity and inclusion amongst our staff and community by promoting and celebrating diversity.
We aim to:
- Provide a secure environment in which all our pupils can flourish and achieve.
- Include and value the contribution of all families.
- Improve our knowledge and understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
- Actively challenge discrimination and disadvantage.
- Prepare young people for life in a diverse society.
Additionally, across the Trust we aim to meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
In respect of our pupils, this means we strive to:
- Encourage young people to develop positive attitudes about themselves as well as to people who are different from themselves;
- Provide a personalised curriculum where all pupils can make progress, whatever their starting point and whatever their disability;
- Ensure that all young people have opportunities to develop cultural capital;
- Create an environment of mutual respect;
- Avoid stereotypes or derogatory images;
- Reflect a wide range of the community in the resources offered;
- Recognise each young person’s skills and needs and plan accordingly for them;
- Ensure young people have equality of access to learning;
- Ensure our children feel valued and good about themselves;
- Support all pupils to feel cared for and valued and encourage them to treat other people with care and respect;
- Provide a range of learning activities and resources which are relevant and interesting to all pupils;
- Celebrate the diversity of our community and support pupils to learn about the surrounding community;
- Encourage those pupils who can do so to recognise and challenge unfairness and discrimination;
- Use all available information to set suitable learning challenges for all, respond to pupils’ diverse needs and; overcome any potential barriers to learning;
- Ensure that the curriculum makes explicit and implicit provision to promote and celebrate diversity;
- Have high expectations.
In respect of our staff, this means we strive to:
- Build a workforce at all levels which reflects our community;
- Treat all staff equally, fairly and with respect, whatever their role and whether they are temporary, part-time or full-time;
- Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all;
- Ensure that individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued;
- Provide all staff with access to high-quality continued professional development which meets their needs;
- Ensure that all staff have opportunities to progress in their career, with decisions based on merit;
- Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible work, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities.