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Equality Objectives


This document describes how Northway School takes account of the Equalities Act 2010 and outlines our objectives in this area. The act provides a framework to support our commitment to promoting equality, valuing diversity, tackling discrimination and fostering positive relationships between stakeholders.

Northway provides a teaching and learning approach, environment and strategies that are different from mainstream schooling and that are necessary for pupils with SEND who require these in order to achieve their potential and progress towards a fulfilling life. We have the highest expectations for our children.

Northway is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and development of every child and member of staff and where all members of the community are of equal worth and value.

Support for families is fundamental to our ethos and the school works to support children and families who are disadvantaged and children who are “looked after” so that deprivation is not a barrier to achievement or well-being.

Northway recognises and respects difference and hugely values the diversity of its community; it aims to maintain a culture of mutual respect and trust in which all members work positively together and support one another and have a shared sense of community responsibility, cohesion and belonging.

The school Mission Statement “We recognise and value all achievement” clearly indicates our commitment to equality. School actively works to provide equal opportunities for all to succeed, removing barriers to access and participation in learning and addressing issues of disadvantage or underachievement of different groups or individuals.

Northway does not discriminate against children referred for admission or treat pupils less favourably on grounds of gender, race, disability, religion or belief. The school observes good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention, development and wellbeing and will not discriminate against adults applying for a job or treat staff and volunteers less favourably in any way on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, disability, religion or belief.

Our objectives are the priority issues based on identified needs incorporating equality and accessibility in our School Improvement Plan.

Northway achieves its aims by ensuring clarity and expectations in school policies; by developing an appropriate curriculum which addresses any key issues relevant to equalities and by maintaining and evaluating data on pupil progress and other key indicators.




When will this be achieved?


What will success look like?

Programme of ongoing training for all staff and governors on equality and diversity.

Specific INSET training to all staff on equality and diversity

HR and SMT to lead

All staff and all governors

Summer 2024

Outside speaker if appropriate.

Agenda item at stand-alone whole school meeting.

All staff and governors will be aware of their equalities responsibiliites as members of the Northway community.

Ensure all parents and guardians are able to communicate effectively with the school.









Implement a translation service for key letters and meetings. 

Identify parents or members of staff who can translate if required. 

SMT to lead on identifying a translation service

Autumn 2023

A go to list for translation services for letters and attendance at meetings.

All parents and guardians will be able to understand important letters sent out by the school and will be able to fully engage in meetings about their child.

To ensure that visually the school is seen to promote equality and diversity. 

Audit of the displays, the signage and the posters around the school to ensure they comply with our equalities policy and standards.   

SMT to identify and lead a working party.

Summer 2024

Time for working party to meet and plan.

All staff will be aware of how to ensure their displays and their classrooms promote equality and diversity.

To ensure equality and diversity values are continued to be consistently promoted throughout the school.  

Identify opportunities within the curriculum to look at different cultures, different countries, and celebrate the successes and achievements of those from all ethnicities and backgrounds.   

Use worldwide events such as major sporting occasions to explore other cultures.

Devise a programme of assemblies which celebrate different religions and cultures. 







Appropriate resources.

A greater understanding of the diversity of cultures and the respect for differences across the whole school community.


The ethos celebrates the diverse nature of the school community.


School assemblies reflect the diverse nature of the school community and promote equality of opportunity.