Gloucester House operates under the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust Equal Opportunities Policy but has a curriculum addendum
Gloucester House curriculum promotes anti-racism and a celebration of diversity and difference through its curriculum content, resources and delivery. It aims to redress the balance in an acknowledgement of oppressed groups and the bias that has often been taught in school programmes of study, curriculum materials and resources.
Gloucester House requires that educational staff deliver learning programmes which are free from unlawful discriminatory language, images or assumptions. Gloucester House endeavours to make its curriculum inclusive and accessible to all its pupils and to provide support, scaffolding and adaptation as required.
In order to achieve these aims, educational staff will:
- Ensure that they plan, resource and deliver a curriculum which promotes and ensures equality of opportunity and reflects Gloucester House’s diverse character and reflects the diversity of global, national and local society.
- Ensure that all teaching and learning materials are free of discriminatory language, assumptions and images. (In cases where it is difficult to do so, such as in art or literature, for example, care should be taken to place it in its historical context and offer opportunities for analysis of this).
- Ensure that humanities teaching is balanced to reflect the history and geography of all communities and not biased towards a particular group/perspective.
- Ensure that teaching materials and resources promote equality and diversity.
- Ensure that teaching methods and teachers’ attitudes are free from bias and will not disadvantage particular pupils or groups.
- Ensure that teaching materials are scaffolded and adapted to meet the learning needs of the pupils.
- Ensure that appropriate and compensatory learning support is given where necessary to enable any child to benefit from his/her course of study.
- Ensure the curriculum and pupil progress are monitored and evaluated in consideration of anti-racism and promotion of a diverse society and equality of access for all pupils.
Protected Characteristics from the Equality Act
For the purposes of this policy, discrimination means treating people less favourably than others on the grounds of their age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, ethnic origin, disability, religion or religious beliefs, whether this be direct or indirect by applying a provision, criterion or practice, which disadvantages such persons.