Every child and adult in our school community of The Rackham C of E Primary School has the right to be protected from prejudicial views and behaviours. Prejudicial language or behaviour can be defined as words or acts based on preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience, for example, not liking someone based on their skin colour or sexual identity.
Within our school we will not tolerate any prejudicial language or behaviour aimed at students or adults.
The following quote was first recommended as a working definition for racist incidents by The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and has since been extended to cover all incidents related to the protected characteristics set out in The Equality Act 2010:
“A prejudice-related incident is any incident which is perceived to be prejudice-related by the victim or any other person.”
The Act uses the term protected characteristics to refer to aspects of a person’s identity. Treating a person less favourably because they have one or more of these characteristics would be unlawful.
The protected characteristics are:
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation.