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Protected Characteristics

At Falmouth School, we recognize that fostering a culture of respect and understanding is integral to creating a harmonious and inclusive learning environment. This commitment is exemplified through our dedicated efforts, including the delivery of assemblies on Equality and Protective Characteristics.

Our message is clear: everyone is different, and we celebrate this diversity. It is within these differences that we find strength and richness in our community. Our assemblies aim to instill in our students the understanding that while we may differ in various ways, we are all equal in our differences.

The foundation of our approach lies in the Equality Act of 2010—a pivotal legislation that covers and protects everyone in Britain from discrimination, harassment, and victimization. At its core, the Equality Act safeguards individuals based on nine Protected Characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or belief, Marriage or civil partnership, Sex, Sexual orientation, and Pregnancy and maternity.

In line with our commitment to inclusivity, we actively incorporate these Protected Characteristics into our curriculum, ethos, and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education) lessons. We go beyond mere acknowledgment; we strive to embed these principles into the fabric of our school culture. This comprehensive approach ensures that our students not only understand the significance of these protected characteristics but also witness their practical application in our daily interactions and academic pursuits.

By teaching and modeling respect towards these characteristics, we prepare our students to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world. Our dedication to promoting equality extends beyond the legal framework; it is a fundamental aspect of our mission to nurture well-rounded individuals who embrace differences and contribute positively to society. Through education, awareness, and practice, we aim to create a school community where respect for protected characteristics becomes second nature, shaping the attitudes and behaviors of our students for a lifetime.