Equal Opportunities Policy

As a Roman Catholic school St Bede’s is committed to a policy of equal opportunities based on the teachings of Christ and the Church, as was stated by the Second Vatican Council.

 “All human beings are endowed with a rational soul and are created in God’s image; they have the same nature and origin and, being redeemed by Christ, they enjoy the same divine calling and destiny …… forms of social or cultural discrimination in basic personal rights oil the grounds of sex, race, colour, social conditions, language or religion, must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.” (Gaudium et Spes 29)

The ethos of the school should support this policy by countering stereotypes and prejudice and reducing the effects of discrimination.

“The curriculum, therefore, must aim to meet the needs of all pupils regardless of physical, sensory, intellectual, emotional/behavioural difficulties, gender, social and cultural background or ethnic origins.(N.C.C.”The Whole Curriculum”)

The school in all it does will seek:

  • to develop the individual talents of each pupil irrespective of gender, race or disability
  • to eliminate ethnocentric bias from all subject areas;
  • to encourage understanding of the nature of prejudice, discrimination and racist oppression;
  • to encourage the sharing of a diverse range of cultural and social experience;
  • to ensure that the resources reflect Britain as a multi­racial society.

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