The Equality Act 2010 was introduced fully in April 2011 and there is no longer a requirement that schools should draw up and publish equality schemes or policies. However, it is still good practice for a school to make a statement about the principles according to which it assesses the impact on equality of its policies and practices, and according to which it establishes specific objectives.
We must under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
This will apply to all pupils, staff and others using the facilities. We will give relevant and proportionate consideration to the public sector equality duty.
The protected characteristics for the school’s provisions are:
- Gender identity
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Age (not applicable to pupils)
- Marriage and Civil Partnerships (not applicable pupils)
Age and marriage and civil partnership are NOT protected characteristics for the school’s provisions for pupils.
We will have due regard to advancing equality of opportunity including making serious consideration of the need to:
- remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are connected to that characteristic;
- take steps to meet the needs of persons who share a protected characteristics that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it;
- encourage persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or in any activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low.
We welcome the opportunity to be transparent and accountable. To this end we fulfil the specific duties of the Act by:
- publishing our equality information
- publishing our equality objectives
We aim to make the information accessible, easy to read and easy to find.
Equality Objectives – school level | 2023-2027
These objectives have been set by the Headteacher – in partnership with Enhance Education Trust – and will be in conjunction with staff, governors and pupils.
- Equality objective 1: Over the next four years, the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected standard in reading at the end of Key Stage 2 tests will increase to 75%
- Equality objective 2: The cultural awareness and understanding of pupils will improve through a rich range of experience both in and beyond school.
- Equality objective 3: The attendance of Free-School Meal (FSM) pupils will increase over the next four years to 96% by working in partnership with parents.