This page details how we meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and supports our commitment to providing an environment in which each individual has complete equality of opportunities and does not suffer any discrimination, whether directly or indirectly.
Our General Equality Duty
In October 2010, the new Equality Act introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires the school to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relationships between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
There are 9 Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sex and Sexual Orientation
The Equality Duty requires the schools to consider how their activities affect the people who share these different protected characteristics and to publish information to show how this is done.
To achieve the objectives of the Equality Duty, we will:
- Ensure diversity and inclusion are promoted across the school and that under-represented groups are equitably treated
- Continue to review our LIFE curriculum to ensure that groups with identified and protected characteristics feel respected, supported and included as part of a school in which diversity is celebrated
- Strive to narrow the gap in attainment between those students with protected characteristics
- Raise aspirations among children, their parents and communities, and raise awareness of career and higher education opportunities, to challenge stereotypes.
When reviewing our School Development Plan (SDP) we ensure that we take into account the effect of our decisions on different groups. We consider if there are any unintended consequences for some groups and whether our SDP will be fully effective for all target groups.
Our Equality Statement is based on the principles above and aims to ensure that:
All pupils and members of staff at our School are provided with opportunities to fulfil their potential whatever their sex, race, colour ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief.
This Statement will be reviewed annually by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and will also be approved by governing body.