The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their gender; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also ‘protected characteristics’, but do not apply to our provision for students.
Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This requires us to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
As a school we are also required to follow the specific duties. This means we need to:
Consider and publish how we are complying with the Equality Duty.
Define one or more equality objectives that support the aims of the General Equality Duty and review them at least every four years.
Ensure that the objectives are specific and measurable.
Publish the objectives so that they are accessible to the public.
Our Equality Objectives reflect the school’s priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
Our Equality Objectives for 2019 / 2020 are:
- To ensure that all students understand the school values and ethos based around the core values of Aspiration, Integrity and Respect. Implemented through the Code of Conduct and reinforced through our Ready to Learn policy.
- To promote within the respect value the rights of other people, so that pupils develop an understanding of the diverse nature of our community. Implemented through the curriculum in PSE, RE and units of work in other subjects.
- To promote freedom from discrimination across all characteristics including ethnicity, religion, culture, gender and sexual orientation. Issues of equalities addressed through assemblies, the core values and the code of conduct. LGBT group to support children with issues around sexuality and gender.
- To use performance data to monitor student performance and close all in-school achievement gaps which includes groups of students, subjects, courses and key stages.
Data analysis to focus on different groups, particularly disadvantaged groups such as Pupil Premium at each data collection point, for each year group.