Equality and Diversity

High Littleton Church of England Primary School recognises our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and is committed to equality, values diversity and actively supports practises that promote genuine equality of opportunity for all staff and children. 

We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, bullying and harassment and will make every effort to comply with the requirements of the Act and its subsequent provisions.

We comply with SEND Regulations 2014 and make our curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

We aim to meet our obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.


Promoting the 9 Protected Characteristics 

We strive to ensure our children understand: 

  • There are no outsiders at High Littleton Primary School

  • Everyone is different

  • We celebrate difference

  • We are all equal in our difference 


The 9 Protected Characteristics 

Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics: 

  • Age

  • Disability

  • Gender reassignment

  • Race

  • Religion or belief

  • Marriage or civil partnership

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation

  • Pregnancy and maternity


We champion diversity and inclusion and embed the Protected Characteristics into the whole school ethos at High Littleton Primary School by:

  • Embedding our Christian Values

  • Linking our whole-school Collective Worship to diversity and equality

  • Promoting the protective characteristics including high quality texts which promote diversity and inclusion

  • Reading and discussing picture books and stories encourages respect and develops understanding of diversity

  • Adopting a differentiated and adapted learning experience and environment for those with special educational needs and disabilities- supported by robust inclusion, equality and diversity policies and practises

  • Developing children’s self-esteem, self-knowledge, self-confidence and resilience

  • Understanding and celebrating differences and acknowledged the strengths of others

  • Embedding a culture of respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process e.g. school council

  • Using restorative approaches to support children to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to teach children to make good choices

  • Teaching children to have respect for their own and other cultures

  • We teach children that difference should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

  • Promoting an understanding of how we can all contribute positively to school and home life and to the lives of our local community e.g. Senior Citizens Party, fundraising events, village litter picks

  • Having an understanding of Equality, Human Rights and Protected Characteristics, which is developed through staff CPD

  • An understanding that we have the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law e.g. Christian Values, RE and PSHE curriculum

  • Developing an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination

  • Working with parents and the wider community to take an active part in identifying barriers and informing school leaders of actions that can be taken to eradicate these

  • We have the highest expectations for all our children and staff, and the wider community to ensure all children can flourish 


At High Littleton Primary School, we achieve this through: 

  • Our school vision and values statements, our SIP and SEF

  • Our school’s Christian values

  • Our school behaviour policy

  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community

  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers

  • The promotion of British Values in school life

  • Developing a love of reading through a range of authors and genres

  • Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach, for example when we learn about relationships in RSE

  • The Curriculum; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) sessions and RSE lessons, Religious Education (RE) lessons and Collective Worship

  • Sporting events/competitions 

  • School Council

  • Educational experiences and visits

  • Real-life learning outside the classroom

  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community

  • Safer recruitment, retention and staff development


Human Family by Maya Angelou


UNICEF Rights Respecting School

High Littleton Church of England Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of UNICEF UK. 

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Children at this school will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School. It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through our questions & answers on the back of this letter, and also find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc. 

For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Bronze Award - Rights Committed

This is the first stage of the Rights Respecting School Award. Find out more at https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/getting-started/bronze/what-is-bronze/

Silver Award - Rights Aware

This is the second stage of the Rights Respecting School Award. Find out more at https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/getting-started/silver/what-is-silver/

Gold Award - Rights Respecting 

This is the third stage of the Rights Respecting School Award. Find out more at https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/getting-started/gold/what-is-gold/