CLF Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Bristol Brunel Academy part of the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), recognises, and celebrates diversity, including that which exists within our pupil and staff populations and the communities we serve. We are committed to advancing equal opportunities for all and eliminating discrimination on any basis, including disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age (except pupils),marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, and religion or belief (defined as Protected Characteristics) so that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) underpin all we do.
We recognise the following duties under the Equality Act 2010:-
- Eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act;
- Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it ;
- Fostering good relations across characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Regardless of the statutory responsibilities the CLF recognises the positive impact that a cohesive and inclusive EDI strategy can achieve. This includes but is not limited to
- Ensuring that all students maximise their potential regardless of their background or characteristics.
- Responding to the changing diversity of our students, communities or colleagues and the opportunities this presents.
- Addressing under representation within the work place and in particular within leadership positions. Broad representation is key to ensuring that both pupils and staff have positive role models to provide inspiration and ambition.
- Deliberately pursing strategies to ensure fair and equal pay opportunities for different groups, including addressing the gender pay gap.
- Harnessing the power and leverage of leadership within the Academy
- Celebrating the opportunities created through EDI
At Bristol Brunel Academy we recognise that supporting a diverse organisation is a continuous process where long term and sustainable plans are key. We recognise that attracting, advancing, developing, engaging and retaining a diversity of talent is important; alongside delivering equity of opportunity for our pupils whilst fostering an inclusive culture where differences are valued and enhanced. This is a continuous process where long term and sustainable plans are key.
Bristol Brunel Academy holds a long and deep commitment to welcoming diversity, examples of which are demonstrated on a day-to-day basis throughout the Academy. The culture of the Academy has supported the aim to positively encourage EDI. Our specific diversity related achievements include:-
- The academy runs student inclusive groups that include LGBTQ+ Group, BAME Group, Feminism Group and Disability Champions
- Equality and Diversity is taught throughout out curriculum and in PSHE
- We celebrate key moments and dates for example we had a rainbow non-uniform day in support of PRIDE.
The pursuit of the EDI agenda is a continuous process and our next objectives are:-
- Continuing to include more opportunities to include topics relevant to EDI across all aspects of the curriculum.
- Through our inclusive groups further develop opportunities across staff and students in order to promote our inclusive values for all of our school community.
- Proactively seek careers opportunities for positive action where underrepresented groups can be promoted in to these opportunities for example our BAME into NHS careers event.
Bristol Brunel Academy
At BBA we believe that the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs, are integral in preparing our students for life after, and outside of, the Academy. It is also essential in safeguarding many of our children against prejudice and exploitation. Pupils develop the skills that enable them to participate in modern Britain but also within the Academy, and are provided with opportunities to do so. These British Values (or Human Values) are taught both explicitly and implicitly; through assemblies and tutor time, to curriculum coverage in a range of subjects and after-school enrichment activities. Central to this is the use of respect, acceptance and responsibility, values that we place great importance on, and investment in, with our day-to-day dealings with students, parents and other stakeholders.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students sits at the heart of everything that we do here at BBA. Whilst subject knowledge and academic progression are hugely important in guaranteeing an educational and / or career pathway, the nurturing and enriching of the ‘whole child’ will always be essential in our short and long term care of our students. We celebrate our diversity and promote actively the religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of our students and staff, whilst simultaneously promoting the respect, acceptance of and interest in the cultures and beliefs of others. We approach situations by offering choices and prompting students to make the right decisions, harnessing in them a moral understanding and understanding of the plight of others. Moreover, we treat our students with the respect and expect the same in return. In doing all these things we aim to help our students adapt to the changing world around them, to understand and interact with a range of people, and provide them with the opportunities to be the positive citizens and role models that we promote.
We are all entitled to live free and equal.
Bristol Brunel Academy actively promotes Equality and Diversity within the Academy. We strongly believe that everybody should be treated fairly and equally, no matter their race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
We run groups for Students at lunch time and after school. See below for more information.
"We celebrate the positive contribution of every member of our community, regardless of gender or sexuality, at BBA we do not tolerate homophobic, transphobic or bi-phobic bullying. We are all entitled to feel safe, valued, and ready to succeed and as a school we are proud, inspired by and have solidarity with our student LGBTQ+ group" Mr Jones, Principal.
lgbtq+ Groups and Events (past and present)
BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) GROUP
Bristol Brunel Academy prides itself on being a diverse and multicultural Academy. The BAME Students Group was set up for students to attend and share views and experiences, to support, to learn, teach and be creative.
On Friday 19th October we asked staff and students to wear red to support against racism. Staff and students arrived in school in non-uniform wearing at least one item of red clothing, donating £1 to support a very worthwhile cause.
We raised an amazing £896.66 for the 'Show Racism the Red Card' charity.
BBA's Fuelling Feminist Fires case study. For more info click here.