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
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
As a public organisation, we are required to:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equalities Policy
- Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable
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 Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
For 2015-2017, our Equality Objectives are:
- To use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects and key stages, trends over time on levels of progress and comparisons with other schools. Ensuring we continue to “narrow the gap”
- To raise the awareness and skills of staff to promote fairness, equality and good relations in the context of their role .
- To provide an environment that welcomes, protects and respects diverse people, ensuring Governors promote the engagement of parents in underrepresented groups.
- To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and that the school council promotes representation that reflects the school profile by postcode.
- To promote and explore diversity and culture throughout school to increase student awareness and understanding of issues in different groups and communities.
- Specific tasks relating to these objectives can be found within the School Development Plan.