Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

At Hebburn Comprehensive, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations, in relation to age, disability, race, gender, gender re-assignment, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

As a school, we are fully committed to developing a culture of inclusion, where diversity is celebrated and all members of the school community can thrive and participate fully in all aspects of school life.

We tackle discrimination in the following ways:

  • through the promotion of our core values;
  • through our curriculum;
  • by challenging bullying and stereotypes; and
  • by creating an environment which champions respect for all.

We encourage all members of the school community to speak out against unfairness and any kind of discrimination.

At Hebburn Comprehensive, our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:

  • All learners are of equal value. Whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status, whatever their gender and gender identity, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background and whatever their sexual orientation.
  • We recognise, respect and value difference and understand that diversity is a strength. We take account of differences and strive to remove barriers and disadvantages which people may face, in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity is a strength and should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
  • We foster positive attitudes and relationships. We actively promote positive attitudes and mutual respect and kindness between groups and communities different from each other. We actively teach these attitudes in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or faith and sexual orientation.
  • We foster a shared sense of cohesion and belonging. We want all members of our school community to feel a sense of belonging within the school and wider community and to feel that they are respected and able to participate fully in school life.
  • We observe good equalities practice for our staff. We ensure that policies and procedures benefit all employees and potential employees in all aspects of their work, including in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development.
  • We have the highest expectations of all our children. We expect that all pupils should recognise, understand, respect and take personal responsible for ensuring they uphold our core values and work collectively to ensure they are maintained at all times
  • We work to raise standards for all pupils, but especially for the most vulnerable. We believe that improving the quality of education for the most vulnerable groups of pupils raises standards across the whole school and the community.

Anne Frank Project

30 pupils from across years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a 2 day programme called Voices for Equality with The Anne Frank Trust. They explored the story of Anne Frank and the types of prejudice she faced, including sexism and anti-Semitism and then moved on to examine contemporary forms of prejudice in our society today. They took part in activities which explored issues relating to racism; homophobia; anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. After learning about the different types of prejudice they spent the final afternoon producing display work to peer educate other pupils in school about the issues they had looked at. Please click on the photos to see examples of the pupils’ work.