Equality (to be read alongside our RSECurriculum and SEND sections of the wesbite)

    Markeaton Primary School is committed to upholding all elements of the Equality Act October 2010.

    In order to acheieve this we have revised our Equality Policy, our Accessibility Targets and our Equality Action Plan so that we can continually review and seek to improve our provision in this regard.

    The new General Duty replaces the three existing public sector equality duties for disability, race and gender. It covers all protected charcteristics and has three main aims requiring public bodies to have due regard to the need for:


    1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010.

    2. Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

    3. Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.


    The governing body and school are committed to a policy of equality and aims to ensure that no employee, job applicant, pupil or other member of the school community is treated less favourably on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious believe. 

    Any behaviour, comments or attitudes that undermine or threaten an individual’s self-esteem on these grounds will not be tolerated (please see our Anti-Bullying Policy).  We aim to provide equal access to high quality educational opportunities and to ensure that everyone feels that they are a valued member of the school community.  We seek to provide a safe and happy environment where all can flourish and where physical and cultural diversity is celebrated.

    Additionally, we have a duty to publish our equality objectives and these are set out in our Equality Action Plan below, together with details of how we plan to achieve them:

    Equality Action Plan 2022-25

    Reading lists for Equality and Diversity (scroll down and use the filter on the left)

    Steps Taken to Eliminate Discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for all

    We believe that it is our responsibility to promote equality and diversity wider than the nine characteristics (areas) covered by legislation.  We work to remove barriers and we will not unfairly discriminate on any grounds. Full details of our plan for 2021-2024 can be found in our Equality Action Plan.

    Members of the school community effected by inequality

    Our staff and governing body are fully representative of our local and surrounding communities. All members of the school community, governors, staff, pupils, parents and visitors all have a part to play in implementing the Equality Objectives and promoting diversity and equality across the school and nursery. We challenge inappropriate behaviour or practice to remove barriers and avoiding discrimination.

    Equality and Diversity links:

    A New Chaper Books (this is our school wishlist website)

    Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

    Diversity Books for Children

    *New for 2022-24*

    Inclusion Charter

    As part of Derby City’s commitment to inclusion, they have introduced something called an Inclusion Charter for 2022-24

    Developed by the Inclusion Group, it sets out five key principles for an inclusive school. Underpinning this is a universal approach, cycle of support and a directory of support to enable schools to fulfil the charter. The vision is to see an inclusive school culture across the city, supporting key strategies to ensure there is one overarching inclusion plan for Derby.

    In order to further enhance our inclusive ethos, we have signed up to the Charter and will be attending various modules of training throughout the year.

    Here is a short video explaining the Inclusion Charter:

    Derby Inclusion Charter Video - YouTube

    Alongside the Derby City Virtual School (who oversee and support looked after children and children with a social worker in the city), we have also accessed Attachment and Trauma training for all teaching staff.  This has now been completed and we are the first school in Derby to be identifed as an Attachment and Trauma Aware school:

    Here is one of the certificates we recieved showing that we have completed the training:

    Certificate of Completion 22/23

    And here is our Action Plan to show how we plan to follow up on our training:

    Action Plan for Trauma and Attachment Training 2022/24