Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Unit 3: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in work with children and young people. LO 1. Understanding the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people. All pupils have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum and we attempt to ensure that all of our children enjoy their rights equally through two channels; legislative and community. A summary of the relevant Acts of Parliament and statutory frameworks, codes of practice and guidelines, and an example of a local school's inclusion policy is at Annex A. Legislation provides a mandatory framework for the rights of the child which everyone in the community is obliged to abide by and describes the rights to which all children are entitled and which communities must support and promote though our schools. The legislation prohibits discrimination against children on grounds of race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, (through the Human Rights and Equality Acts,) and Special Educational Need, (SEN, often combined with Disability as SEND). The lead in the community channel is taken by our schools, where the statutory duty to ensure that all pupils have equal access to the curriculum enables, through properly thought out policies, the fulfilment of the community's wishes that all of our children be included in, and have equal access to, all of the school's activities and opportunities. Inclusion, valuing and promoting cultural diversity and, equality of opportunity policies all contribute to raising achievement and improving participation, particularly among black and minority ethnic groups and this is particularly evident in my borough of Tower Hamlets where performance in all areas has been raised since 1998, when it was mostly well below local and national averages, to the current day where it meets or exceeds them.

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