Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Xavier Catholic Education Trust is committed to aiming to achieve equality in everything that we do upholding our mission statement and seeking to follow the example and teaching of Christ treating all individuals fairly with dignity and respect. The Xavier Trust is committed to equality in both employment and education provision and seek to continue to review our practise regularly with this in mind.
The Trust opposes all forms of discrimination and it is our policy and ethos to promote equality to all, irrespective of:
- Sexual orientation
- Race (including nationality, ethnic or national origin)
- Gender (including gender reassignment)
- Religion or belief
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Marital status (including civil partnerships)
- Carer responsibilities
- Domestic circumstances
- Trade Union affiliation.
Our Equalities Policy can be found here and is upheld across all areas of the Trust. In addition to this policy, each individual school will publish their own set of equality objectives which can be found on their website however the Xavier Catholic Trust has also set out the following objectives as central aims to help promote diversity and inclusion across the organisation as a whole.
In relation to Achievement:
- We are committed to improving the attainment of vulnerable groups of students, including students with Special Educational Needs, students with disabilities and those entitled to Free School Meals so that the gap between their attainment and that of other students is narrowed allowing for the best possible attainment by all students.
- We will aim to raise aspirations among children and young people, their parents and communities and raise awareness of career and higher education opportunities, to challenge stereotypes.
In relation to Teaching and Learning:
- We will ensure that our curriculum (including our programme of enrichment and extra-curricular activities) actively is broad and balanced and provides opportunities for all students and promotes understanding between different groups of people, cultures and societies. To ensure this is done with maximum impact, expertise will be used to review of our history curriculum.
- Our curriculum will include an element of PSHE education that tackles stereotypes and challenges student’s perceptions.
- We will ensure that Teach SouthEast provide appropriate training for trainee teachers in diversity and inclusion.
In relation to Behaviour and Safety:
- We will maintain a rigorous anti-bullying stance so that all students and staff, including those with protected characteristics, are protected from harassment and discrimination of all kinds.
- We will ensure the promotion of our Catholic values and British values through our curriculum. This will support and develop our students into responsible citizens of the future.
- Our behaviour policies will outline how we will deal with students who use discriminatory homophobic or otherwise offensive language.
- We will promote the use of the DIFT@Xaviercet.org.uk (DIFT – Discrimination Incident Reporting Form) email address to report and manage discrimination effectively on a Trust level.
In relation to Leadership and Management:
- We will demonstrate our commitment to equality and diversity through consistent application of our policies and procedures.
- We will ensure that our systems for recruiting, retaining and managing staff (and potential applicants) support all those in groups protected by the Equalities Act.
- We will undertake equality assessments of all new and existing policies and procedures.
How we will consult and engage our stakeholders with regard to our strategy to promote diversity and inclusion:
We aim to engage and consult with our stakeholders (including parents, students, governor’s staff and local communities) so we can develop our awareness and review the impact of our policies and equality objectives. Examples of our engagement and consultation include:
- Student surveys, ‘Student Voice’ forums and school council structures
- Student school leader programmes
- Staff surveys
- Recognised Trade Union consultation instrument
- Parents forum
- Parent and Local Governing Committee
- Open events/Parents Evenings…
- School magazines and other communication channels
- Termly consultation with our Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group
Whilst we strive to achieve equality across all areas of the Xavier Trust, we recognise at times this may not be achieved and actively encourage all stake holders to report such incidents via the DIFT@Xaviercet.org.uk (DIFT – Discrimination Incident Reporting Form) email address to allow us to manage discrimination effectively on a Trust level.