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Equal Opportunities

Race and Gender Equality

The Tonbridge Federation governing body are committed to an inclusive ethos based on respect for, and celebration of diversity. The federation strives to prepare all children for living in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society. The federation will strive to promote race and gender equality in all dimensions of the federation's life and community.

We will:

  • Take positive action to eliminate gender / racial discrimination and harassment 
  • Promote equality of opportunity for all members of the federation community
  • Promote good relations between people of different groups in line with our commitment to community cohesion.

Cultural and ethnic diversity will be valued in the curriculum, in the federation workforce, the governing body, the parental body and the child body. We will ensure that the culture and ethos of the federation places equal value on the diverse racial faith and ethnic groups, cultural and linguistic heritage represented in our society.

We acknowledge and value all ethnic and national groups represented in the federation community, including Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Gypsies and other Travellers.

We recognise we live in a multi-cultural community and we will strive to recruit a workforce to reflect this.

We endorse the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report.

We accept the definition of racism and institutional racism included in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report:

Racism: Conduct or words that either advantages or disadvantages people on the basis of their colour, culture or ethnic origin.

Institutional racism: The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people on the basis of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.

We will ensure that all members of the federation community will have the opportunity to improve their own understanding of race equality and understand their personal responsibility to promote race equality.

FEDERATION POLICIES

All federation policies will have an explicit aim of promoting equality and will be reviewed in terms of their contribution and effectiveness in achieving this aim.

Refer to the Tonbridge Federation Equality Policy for more detail.