Aspire London Equality Objectives
Aspire London is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act 2010. We aim to reduce disadvantages, discrimination and inequalities of opportunity, and promote diversity in terms of our pupils, our workforce and the community in which we work.
We will encourage our children to aim high, be resilient and have a strong moral compass. Where our children experience barriers to their success we will work with them to address these in a sensitive and compassionate way. We will teach our pupils the importance of equality, the forms discrimination can take and the negative impact discrimination can have. We will support our children to grow in their faith, to understand their role in the world as good Christians, showing love and respect for each other and everyone they meet.
We will not discriminate on any of the grounds of any Protected Characteristics listed below except where such discrimination is permitted by law. An example of a permitted discrimination relevant to our Schools is:
1. Schools with a religious character (commonly known as faith schools) have certain exceptions to the religion or belief provisions which allow them to discriminate because of religion or belief in relation to admissions and in access to any benefit, facility or service.
The Protected Characteristics that apply to schools are:
- Gender re-assignment;
- Marriage and civil partnership;
- Pregnancy and Maternity;
- Religion Faith or Belief;
- Sexual orientation.
As a Governing Body and employer we will not tolerate any of the following:
- Direct or Indirect Discrimination;
We will comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty giving due regard to that duty when making decisions, taking actions and developing policies. In line with its specific duties under the Equality Act 2010, we will publish our equality objectives which are updated every four years.
Our equality objectives:
For our children irrespective of social background, ethnic group, gender, ability or disability to leave school with secure knowledge of our school curriculum. The evidence of our success will be in the children’s government testing outcomes.
For our children from all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, gender, ability or disability to leave school as confident communicators. The evidence of our success with this will be in the children’s ability to verbally express themselves clearly and in their excellent written work.
For our children and staff from all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, gender, ability or disability to have a clear understanding of racism, prejudice and inequality and to actively challenge discrimination. The evidence of our success with this will be in the breadth and delivery of the school curriculum, the positive images and language in school and on the school website and most importantly in discussion with children, staff and parents.
For our children from all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, gender, ability or disability to be inspired by our curriculum and the inspirational people within it. The evidence of our success with this will be through discussion with children and in the quality of their work.
For our children from all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, gender, ability or disability to be creative. The evidence of our success with this will be in the wonderful quality of their creative work.
For our children from all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, gender, ability or disability we will challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. We will promote positive role models reflecting the diversity of our community. The evidence of our success will be our outcomes from delivering a rich curriculum to educate and teach the children about all faiths, cultures, beliefs and abilities.
The Lewisham Approach
At Aspire London we are part of the Headteachers of Lewisham who wrote the following statement and we are in full support of the Mayor of Lewisham for his statement. Both statements are shown below.
A statement from Headteachers in Lewisham
Lewisham Leaders stand together to condemn the unlawful murder of an innocent black man George Floyd in Minneapolis .
We stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.
Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK . Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white counterparts, while BAME offenders are far more likely than others to be jailed for drug offences.
As educators of a school population which is 76% Black and ethnic minority we cannot remain silent.
The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life.
Our community needs and deserves to feel safe in the belief that its leaders condemn all acts of racism and violence and moreover that they believe racism is an abhorrence that we as Lewisham Leaders reject.
Lewisham Leaders have a duty to address systemic racism in our society and we uphold this in our united condemnation of the unlawful murder of an innocent black man George Floyd.
A statement from Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan
Lewisham prides itself as being an open borough that celebrates our diversity and has a history of standing up against racism. We know many residents, like us, will have been appalled at the videos from the United States of the killing of George Floyd.
Racism and racial inequalities are not just an ‘American problem’. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) inequalities are endemic in the UK too. We have been shocked by images of police using excessive force to arrest black people in Lewisham in recent weeks and we have been meeting with the police to ensure these instances are investigated, and that we receive information, by ethnicity, relating to the increase of stop and search during lockdown.
Racism exists in many parts of society including in the criminal justice system, access to jobs, in the education system and in health too. COVID-19 has highlighted the disparity in health outcomes for BAME people – but it is important to remember that BAME health inequalities don’t end at COVID-19, they stretch across many aspect of our healthcare
This isn’t news to us in Lewisham and we have been working over many years to reduce inequality and injustice for all groups.
BAME health inequalities have been set as a priority for our Health and Wellbeing Board and last month we launched a ground-breaking joint review with Birmingham City Council to explore black African and Caribbean health inequalities in both of our communities.
In education we have been working with schools, with some success, to reduce the gaps between Black Caribbean young people and other groups and the majority of participants on our well established Mayor’s Apprenticeship Programme are from BAME backgrounds.
And in our own Council we have re-established our BAME Professional Network staff forum and are launching a BAME leadership programme to find the next generation of leaders from our diverse and talented workforce.
But there is a still a huge amount to do, and we won’t rest and stop taking action while inequalities exist.
Fortunately, we know we live in a community where our residents share our values and support us taking targeted actions. But we won’t be able to meet the challenges we face alone and we will be pressing the Government to make sure we have the support and resources we need, and that they too take issues of racial inequality in our country forward urgently.
This week we lit our Town Hall in purple as our small way of not just remembering George Floyd, but to send the clear message to all our residents that we stand in solidarity with them against racism in all its forms.
Black Lives Matter in Lewisham, today and always.
Mayor of Lewisham
Parents and carers may find this resource useful to help to explain and explore the Black Lives Matter movement with their children.