Protected Characteristics and British Values
Teaching of the protected characteristics
It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people.
The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
At St Aidan's, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
This philosophy is an integral part of school life and is embedded into our curriculum through RE lessons, Kidsafe sessions and Picture News Class assemblies. Our Picture News coverage is available to view below.
These documents also show how the British Values of Democracy, Mutual Respect and Tolerance, Individual LIberty and Rule of Law are covered in school. They also include our coverage of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
In addition to this planned approach, we react and respond to any incident as it arises within school, the community or is in the news.