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Here is our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Aims and Objectives 2021

Old Palace as a School and a workplace is striving to promote equitable treatment, champion diversity and increase inclusivity.

  1. To achieve an inclusive school environment, which promotes and monitors equality of respect for all forms of diversity within the School
    Community.

    1. Appoint a governor and a member of Senior Leadership to have specific responsibility for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    2. Set up and develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working party
    3. All staff to receive training on diversity and inclusion
    4. Revise and publish our staff Code of Conduct to make sure it explicitly promotes the quality of respect for all forms of diversity and is unequivocal on taking a zero-tolerance stance to discrimination of any form
    5. Revise and publish our student Code of Conduct to make sure it explicitly promotes the quality of respect for all forms of diversity and is unequivocal on taking a zero-tolerance stance to discrimination of any form
    6. Develop a clear and transparent process for reporting and investigating any instances of discrimination so issues are readily reported and addressed promptly and supportively
    7. Survey students & staff biannually to gather feedback on experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion, using the results to help direct future DEI action plans
    8. Ensure that the school engages with and promotes diversity and inclusion by marking significant events through assemblies, library reading list and school events
  2. To promote and offer a diverse and inclusive education through both the curriculum and wider engagement opportunities
    1. Review Prep curriculum to look for opportunities to make more diverse & inclusive
    2. Review of curriculum at KS3 to look for opportunities to make more diverse & inclusive
    3. Review of curriculum at KS4 & KS5 looking for opportunities to make more diverse & inclusive but within bound of exam board syllabi
    4. Review Learning for Life curriculum to ensure that issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues are dealt with in depth and cover material that is up to date
    5. Ensure that the range of extracurricular opportunities includes those that promote diversity and inclusion
    6. Monitor the diversity of people and perspectives we offer through any visiting speakers
  3. To promote diversity amongst our staff in all roles and at all levels of the School and offer an inclusive staff experience
    1. Promote and monitor diversity in the School Governance and management, reporting details to the School Committee and DEI Group
    2. Promote and monitor diversity in staffing, reporting details to the School Committee and DEI Group
    3. Review and update recruitment materials to promote our commitment to becoming a more diverse employer
    4. Review and update recruitment processes to reduce levels of unconscious bias in the process
    5. Explore ways in which there might be capacity to offer flexible working for employees as appropriate for their role
  4. To advance diversity of student recruitment, equity of academic attainment and progress, and equity of engagement in extra-curricular activities
    1. Promote and monitor diversity of student recruitment, including of bursary and scholarships
    2. Ensure website and other admissions materials promotes the diversity and inclusivity of our school community
    3. Analyse, monitor and report on equity of academic attainment and progress of students looking at final results and value added.
    4. Analyse, monitor and report on equity of engagement in extra-curricular activities.