Inclusion & Diversity Policy


Purpose:

 

The purpose of this policy is to explain Laburnum Primary School’s commitment to making sure every member of our school community, regardless of their background or personal attributes, is treated with respect and dignity. This policy should be read alongside the following Department of Education and Training policies:

Policy:

 

Definitions

 

Personal attribute: a personal characteristic that is protected by State or Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation. These include: race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or activity, political belief or activity, age, intersex status, physical features, pregnancy, carer and parental status, breastfeeding, marital or relationship status, lawful sexual activity, employment activity, industrial activity, expunged homosexual conviction or personal association with anyone who is identified with reference to any protected attribute.

 

Direct discrimination: unfavourable treatment because of a person’s protected attribute.

 

Indirect discrimination: imposing an unreasonable requirement, condition or practice that disadvantages a person or group of people with a protected attribute.

 

Sexual harassment: unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature towards another person which could reasonably be expected to make that other person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It may be physical, verbal, visual or written.

 

Disability harassment: an action taken in relation to the person’s disability that is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to humiliate, offend, intimidate or distress the person.

 

Vilification: conduct that incites hatred towards or revulsion or severe ridicule of a person or group of people on the basis of their race or religion.

 

Victimisation: subjecting a person or threatening to subject them to detrimental treatment because they (or their associate) has made an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected attribute (or asserted their rights under relevant policies or law).

 

Inclusion and diversity

 

Laburnum Primary School strives to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive school environment which values the human rights of all students and staff.

 

With an increasingly high percentage of EAL students, Laburnum Primary School embraces its diverse community culture, celebrating the unique contributions of all members.

 

Laburnum Primary School is committed to creating a school community where all members of our school community  are welcomed, accepted and treated equitably and with respect regardless of their backgrounds or personal attributes such as race, language, religious beliefs, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation so that they can participate, achieve and thrive at school.

 

Laburnum Primary School acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our school community and we will not tolerate behaviours, language or practices that label, stereotype or demean others. At Laburnum Primary School we value the human rights of every student and we take our obligations under anti-discrimination laws and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities seriously.

 

Laburnum Primary School will:

  • Actively nurture and promote a culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity

  • ensure that students are not discriminated against (directly or indirectly) and where necessary, are reasonably accommodated to participate in their education and school activities (eg schools sports, concerts)on the same basis as their peers

  • acknowledge and respond to the diverse needs, identities and strengths of all students

  • encourage empathy and fairness towards others

  • challenge stereotypes that promote prejudicial and biased behaviours and practices

  • contribute to positive learning, engagement and wellbeing outcomes for students

  • respond to complaints and allegations appropriately and ensure that students are not victimised.

Bullying, unlawful discrimination, harassment, vilification and other forms of inappropriate behaviour targeting individuals or groups because of their personal attributes will not be tolerated at Laburnum Primary School. We will take appropriate measures, consistent with our Student Wellbeing and Engagement and Bullying policies to respond to students who demonstrate these behaviours at our school.

 

Students who may have experienced or witnessed this type of behaviour are encouraged to speak up and to let their teachers, parents or carers know about those behaviours to ensure that inappropriate behaviour can be addressed.   

 

Students that are involved in bullying or harassing others on the basis of their personal attributes will be supported to understand the impact of their behaviour by following our whole school Restorative Practice model.

 

Reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities

 

Laburnum Primary School also understands that it has a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with disabilities. A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to assist students with disabilities to participate in their education on the same basis as their peers. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with disabilities in consultation with the student, their parents or carers, their teachers and if appropriate, their treating practitioners. Our school may consult through Student Support Group processes and in other less formal ways.
For more information about support available for students with disabilities, and communicating with us in relation to a student’s disability, please refer to our school’s Student Wellbeing and Engagement policy or contact Assistant Principals, Kathy Verbi or Jo Braden for further information.

 

Related policies and resources:

 

Student Wellbeing & Engagement policy

 

Bullying Prevention policy

 

For staff, please see the Department’s Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy and Workplace Bullying Policy which apply to all staff working at our school.

 

Other relevant Department policies and resources on the Department’s Policy and Advisory Library are:

Policy review and approval:

 

 Policy last reviewed

September 2021

 Noted by School Council

October 2021

 Next scheduled review date

September 2025

 

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