Hartlepool school celebrates equality award

Headteacher Liz Killeen and qualities co-ordinator Ian Usher with the award and pupils from Eskdale Academy. Picture by Jane Coltman

Headteacher Liz Killeen and qualities co-ordinator Ian Usher with the award and pupils from Eskdale Academy. Picture by Jane Coltman

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A Hartlepool school is celebrating becoming the first in the borough to win an award for its efforts in ensuring it offers equality for all.

Eskdale Academy on Eskdale Road, has been awarded with an ‘EQualities Award’ for the way it celebrates diversity and its commitment to providing equal opportunities.

The award was developed in response to the Equality Act 2010, which places responsibility on public bodies, such as schools to eliminate discrimination, advance its equal opportunities and foster good relations.

The school, who worked on the award for a year, were delighted with their achievement and have been informed that it is the first school in Hartlepool to become an EQualities Champion.

The school will now receive an e-portfolio and a wall plaque to recognise their achievement.

Head Elizabeth Killeen said she was delighted with the award which she put down as a testament to the hard work of staff and students.
She: “We worked on the award for a year gathering evidence into four categories: commitment to equality, narrowing the gap, fostering good relations, equality of opportunity, positive action and celebrating diversity.

“This included safeguarding, personal development, behaviour and welfare and closing gaps in progress and attainment.

“We had to produce a portfolio of evidence that was externally assessed by a moderator and we had to ensure all of the information about equality was published on our website.”

For more information visit: www.equalitiesaward.co.uk/