Equality & Diversity

Equal Opportunities - Public Sector Equality Duty

At Cheadle Catholic Infant School we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 put in place a number of duties for public bodies, including schools, to ensure that they have due regard to certain 'protected' groups. All public bodies and schools must have due regard to:

  1. Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  2. Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  3. Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Nine Protected Characteristics

We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil or other members of the school community because of their:

  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy & maternity
  • Age (Applicable to staff only)
  • Marriage & civil partnerships (applicable to staff only)

The legal and local framework for this policy is:

  • Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended in 2000)
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended in 2005)
  • Children Act 2004
  • Equality Act 2006
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Duty to Promote Community Cohesion, Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Stockport Diversity and Equality Policy and Comprehensive Equality Scheme
  • Equality Act 2010
Our school ethos states:

Cheadle Catholic Infant School is a welcoming school where everyone is valued highly and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment. A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential regardless of disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender or sexual orientation. We endeavour to promote positive relationships with parents, governors and members of the wider community.

At Cheadle Catholic Infant School we aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to our school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life. The achievement of all children will be monitored and we will use data to support children, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching and learning. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which celebrates respect for all.

At Cheadle Catholic Infant School, diversity is seen as a strength which should be valued by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

Values: Love, Respect, Shine

Our core values are woven through our curriculum. Themes, topics, texts and subjects have been carefully planned to reflect our values and promote equality and respect for those with protected characteristics. There is strong emphasis on learning to respect ourselves, each other and our world.

Topic Examples: 

What was life like when my grandparents were young?

Children reflect on key aspects of their own life- toys, clothes, school, hobbies, food- and then compare it to life of their grandparents, questioning members of staff and using artefacts from the museum.

Children then go on to find out about ‘The Windrush’ using key text ‘Coming to England’. They reflect on the differences between what people coming from the Caribbean thought it would be like and what they experienced when they got to England. They learn about the significant person Floella Benjamin and the ways that she has contributed to society since she came to live in England.

Protected Characteristics: Age, Race, Gender

How did transport change the world?

Children look at two significant events in the history of transport.

Firstly, the Rainhill Trials which has links to Manchester. The act out the story of the trials and then look at the impact of locomotives around within the UK and then around the world.

Next the children learn about the first moon landing, looking not only at the astronauts but also the Hidden Figures that worked together to make it all possible (spotlight on Katherine Johnson).

Protected Characteristics: Age, Race, Gender

Quality Texts:
  • Walter Tull's Scrapbook (race/ age)
  • Coming to England (race/ age)
  • Nutcracker (age)
  • Each Peach, Pear, Plum (age)
  • The Little Hen & the Great War (age)
  • Emma Jane's Aeroplane (gender)
Wider Curriculum Experiences:
  • CAFOD fund raising
  • Show Racism the Red Card
  • Black History Month
  • History Workshops
  • Drama