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Equality and Diversity

Equality Act 2010

Greensward Academy is committed to meeting its responsibilities in relation to the Equality Act of 2010 and aims to uphold the three main elements of the Act:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it. 
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Over the course of the academic year students will have assemblies on a range of themes associated with raising the profile of equality and diversity.  Not only do we as a academy have a legal duty to promote the ideals of equality and diversity in light of the Equality Act 2010 but we have a moral duty to prepare our students for a world that is far more diverse than the academy or its immediate locality.  Themes covered will include looking at differences and perceptions based on race, religion, gender, class, sexuality and ability/disability.

Many of these topics are further explored in areas of the curriculum including History, RE, Sociology, Health & Social Care and PSHE.    The main aim of this focus is to encourage discussion and to raise awareness of difference, since ignorance and fear are often at the basis of hatred. 

Our Equal Opportunities for Students and Race Quality Policies can be viewed below: 

Equal Opportunities for Students Policy

Race Equality Policy

Aspects of the curriculum that promote tolerance and friendship, or which share understanding of a range of religions or cultures are covered in the PSHE programme. Years 7,8 &9 study this in Terms 3 and 4 within the relationships topic and Yr 11 cover it in Term 3. In Year 10 students complete a short course RE GCSE which covers these aspects as well.  The curriculum outline for PSHE can be viewed on the curriculum page using this link Curriculum.  

Equalities Objectives

The following statements are the agreed AET Equalities Objectives:

  • To close the gap between boys and girls in English, Mathematics and Science at all key stages.
  • To close the gap in performance of all pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
  • To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the curriculum.
  • To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudice-based bullying.

At Greensward Academy all staff have been made fully aware of the contents of the AET Equalities Policy which covers the Equalities Act 2010.

Disabled Access 

There is disabled access on the ground floor of the academy and a hoist is installed in the swimming pool area.  There are lifts on the ground floor of C block and on the front of the Sports Hall to allow access to all areas in the academy above ground floor.  There are disabled toilet facilities in various locations around the academy.  There are designated disabled parking bays.  

Assembly Themes 2015-16
Term 1 
  Theme  Thought for the Week
 Week 1     Fresh start New beginnings
 Week 2 Living together In perfect harmony 
 Week 3 Choice for life Peer pressure
 Week 4 Wonderfully made Self esteem 
 Week 5 Life is persistent Helping others
 Week 6 We have lift off  Space Week
 Week 7 Try kindness Kindness is contagious

Term 2
 Week 1 Lest we forget Armistice
 Week 2 Bang! Firework safety
 Week 3 Make a noise  Anti Bullying Week
 Week 4 Conundrums Actions
 Week 5 We are one Human Rights Week
 Week 6 Quest for good manners Manners
 Week 7 Rewards Honours


Term 3
 Week 1 Greensward Values Numeracy in Action
 Week 2 Greensward Values Respect
 Week 3 Greensward Values  Independence Day
 Week 4 Greensward Values      Equality
 Week 5 Greensward Values  Resilience
 Week 6 Greensward Values  Courtesy
 Week 7 Greensward Values  Mindfulness
 Week 8  Greensward Values  Dignity

Term 4
 Week 1 Courage     Let's be brave
 Week 2 Empathy We are all unique
 Week 3 Health & Wellbeing   'Mens sana in corpore sano'
 Week 4 Contribute    The power of words
 Week 5 Respect & Tolerance  Thinking of others
 Week 6 Motivation Just do it!
 Week 7 Perseverance Keep Going
 Week 8  Right & Wrong  Whose fault is it anyway?
 Week 9  Self Belief Can you walk on water?