Here you can read about our school policy on how we promote student welfare and work with preventative measures with regards to equal treatment.
ISLK is committed to create an environment of equal opportunities that promotes understanding and respect, with a continuous focus on social responsibility and democratic issues. The aim of the school is to provide a quality curriculum, allowing students to realize their highest potential and gain a life-long love for learning. Our mission is to educate all students in a supportive and challenging environment to become open-minded, life-long learners whose performance is a credit to themselves and society. In order to be successful academically ISLK recognizes that its students must enjoy school and be supported in a sense wider than the academic. Individual welfare and academic success are interdependent, an axiom reflected in the school’s commitment to the IB’s ‘holistic’ principles.
The Plan is communicated to students during mentor time and class councils, in the beginning of every school year. The teachers and students will connect to the Plan throughout the school year in different units where applicable. To staff the Plan will be implemented during workplace meetings, and to parents via parents’ meetings and through the school’s web-based learning platform. There are also two student friendly versions of the plan, one for PYP and one for MYP easily accessible in every classroom and in the digital classrooms (Google classroom).
Assessment of the work with last year’s plan was taken up in the Educational Leadership team (ELT), Learning Support Team, at MYP and PYP development meetings the Student Councils and the ISLK Friends development group. The plan gets updated during the school year.
The principal is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and reviewing this plan. The principal has a responsibility to communicate the plan to staff, students and parents. The principal is responsible to convene meetings with parents in degrading treatment investigations and to contact the Social services or the Police if necessary. These things can also be delegated by the Principal to the Vice Principal or the counsellor.
The work teams continually discuss issues relating to campaigns and preventive measures. All staff members participate in work relating to vision and goals.
Daily all members of staff are responsible for creating an environment of equal opportunities that promotes understanding, support and respect. School staff also has a responsibility to model and promote appropriate behaviour and to respond in a timely manner to incidents of degrading treatment. In addition teachers have a responsibility to provide pedagogy that supports students to develop an understanding of equal treatment work, degrading treatment and its impact on individuals and the broader community.
Students have a responsibility to contribute to a good working climate and to strive for positive relationships with peers and staff. They have a responsibility to follow school rules and respect individual differences and diversity. Moreover they are asked to report incidents of degrading treatment according to this Plan.
Continual discussions about values and student welfare are held with the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) at school.
Parents and guardians have a responsibility to respect and follow the school rules and policies. Parents and guardians are encouraged to collaborate with the school to support their children to become upstanding citizens and to develop responsible behaviour, which also includes online behaviour. They are asked to report incidents of school related degrading treatment and work collaboratively with the school to resolve incidents.
ISLK is an inclusive school with a goal to be the best school for every student. Student diversity of all kinds can be included as a resource, seeing individual differences not as problems to be fixed, but as opportunities for enriched learning. It is the school’s responsibility to promote student welfare and to work with preventative measures with regards to equal treatment. The ISLK Inclusive education policy in addition to the Equal treatment plan and the ISLK expectations for staff and students are important supporting documents in creating a safe and calm work environment. These documents are used in teaching and learning, development meetings and learning support work with students and staff.
Degrading treatment includes behavior that violates a child or student’s dignity, without necessarily being defined as discrimination according to The Discrimination Act (2008:567). Degrading treatment can for example consist of violating comments, spreading rumors, ridiculing, kicking and punching, exclusion or threats. It is also common for degrading treatment to occur on the internet, for example on social media.
Degrading treatment can be performed by one or several persons and can also be aimed at one or several persons. A student can for example be subjected to degrading treatment by a staff member or by other students/children. Degrading treatment may consist of one isolated incident or be systematic and reoccurring.
Discrimination according to the Swedish Discrimination Act (2008:567) is when a person’s dignity is violated and/or is treated disfavourably in connection to one of the seven grounds of discrimination:
Source: Report 353:2011, The Swedish National Agency for Education.
Discrimination can be direct or indirect and does not have to be intentional to be unlawful.
Harassment and sexual harassment are also forms of discrimination. Harassment can be the
expression of ridicule or degrading generalisations that have a connection to any of the
grounds of discrimination. Harassment can also be of a sexual nature and can involve comments and words, unwanted touching or leering.
All violations should be reported to the principal or vice principal, who is responsible for investigation and measures.
The most vital thing is that the degrading treatment is stopped, the victim is heard and steps are taken to help the student to feel safe again. School counsellor/Class teacher/Mentor will continue to monitor the situation.
Degrading treatment is deemed a serious matter and will not be tolerated. The immediate priority is to stop the degrading treatment, therefore instances will be dealt with without delay. Intervention and resolution strategies will be adopted to ensure that the student fully understands the consequences and effects of his/her behavior with regards to the victim.
When necessary disciplinary actions will be taken and reports to the police and/or Social Services will be submitted.
All incidents are reported by the school counsellor to the Board of Education in Lunds Kommun.
Ulrika Wiman, School Principal, 046-359 76 42/073-448 51 13 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Heiner, Vice Principal, 046-359 54 68 email@example.com
Darrell Piper, MYP Coordinator 046-359 44 45 firstname.lastname@example.org
Madelene Mumford, PYP Coordinator, 046-35 78 38 email@example.com
Anna McClintock, School Counsellor, 046-359 68 32/070 9432743 firstname.lastname@example.org
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