Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Oasis. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.
Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students. Our way of doing this is to work hard to improve students’ attainment and the standards of teaching and learning continually. At the same time, we also aim to meet the needs of the whole person and the whole community because we understand that the whole of life is education and that everyone who is part of a student’s life affects that student’s understanding of life and, therefore, his or her education. In this sense, every person matters.
Our Commitment to the Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 gathers together various different pieces of equality legislation which have been developed over a number of recent years. It sets out some key equality provisions for the delivery of education and a requirement for public bodies to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between different groups. Against the background of the UK's increasingly diverse communities, Oasis recognises that this Act plays a major role in recognising the UK's historic commitment to tolerance.
The Equality Act 2010 is, therefore, an important and significant piece of legislation for Oasis because its key provisions underpin the aim of Oasis itself: an equal and inclusive society in which difference is understood and respected. This Academy is committed to meeting its obligations within the law and being a good expression of Oasis' own commitment to equality.
The Academy’s Equality objectives outline how we are complying with the public sector equality duty, including details of how we are eliminating discrimination, improving equality of opportunity for people with protected characteristics, and involving those affected by inequality to inform our decisions on this issue.
Oasis Academy Woodview is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the academy community and the wider community are treated equally, fairly, and with respect by the academy and by each other. This applies to the academy as a place of education, a business, and an employer.
Prejudice, discrimination, and victimisation are not tolerated, and we work hard to instil in our students a strong understanding of right and wrong, including the importance of inclusion, acceptance, and compassion towards others. The academy’s main priority is to provide the best education and care that we can, and establish a cooperative working relationship between home and academy, so as to aid the development, progress, and needs of all our students.
The academy will promote equality of opportunity regardless of race, gender, transgender, disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation, in both the delivery of its services and the employment of its staff in line with the Equality Act 2010 and is the foundation of all the academy’s other policies – particularly the special educational needs, admissions, appraisal, safeguarding, medical needs, anti-bullying and the behaviour and rewards policies.
- To narrow the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in reading, writing and maths.
- To ensure the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils taking into account the diversity, interests, context and experiences of our pupils.
- To ensure all areas of the school, including playgrounds, are accessible to all regardless of individual needs and abilities.
- Ensure the environment is regularly audited to reduce all barriers to learning, achievement and full participation.
- Promote spiritual, moral social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity, through the lens of the Oasis 9 Habits.
The Academy’s Accessibility Plan includes details on how we are working to increase our disabled pupils’ ability to participate in our curriculum, improve the physical environment of our academy so disabled pupils take better advantage of the services we provide, and improve the availability of accessible information to our disabled pupils. You can read our Accessibility Plan here.
Oasis Community Learning is proud to partner with Stonewall, a leading LGBT rights organisation. Stonewall train and support Oasis teachers and staff to further develop how we operate as a fully inclusive organisation. You can read more about Stonewall’s work here https://www.stonewall.org.uk/.
Oasis Community Learning’s academies are committed to best practice concerning equality and inclusion. You can read which awards our academies have won by visiting OCL’s national website here.