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:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equalities Policy
- 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 Equalities Policy is in line with national guidance and contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality. Our Equalities Policy is currently being updated and will be online shortly.
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 2017 / 2018 are:
- To ensure all students are Perfect Learners and make a positive contribution to the life of the school and prepare students for life beyond school.
- To promote the value of Model Citizen and create an environment that welcomes, protects and respects diverse people.
- To address cultural events through assemblies and the curriculum to increase student awareness and understanding of issues in different communities.
- 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.
- To develop skills and knowledge of every member of our school community to promote fairness, equality and good relations.
These objectives link directly to the School Improvement Plan where further detail is provided.
School specific equality information: