We recognise that the public sector equality duty has three aims and they are to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups.
- Foster good relations between different groups.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection 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 sex; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also ‘protected characteristics’. These apply to staff but not students in schools.
We have set ourselves the following objectives:
- To ensure that staff and governors are aware of current legislation surrounding equality and diversity and understand the school’s responsibility.
- To promote cultural understanding, awareness and tolerance of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school and wider community.
- To promote a whole school approach mental health awareness and develop appropriate interventions where necessary
- Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between students for all groups of students; especially students eligible for Pupil Premium, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from minority ethnic groups.
- Continue to improve accessibility across the school site for students, staff and visitors with disabilities.
- Monitor the incidences of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students in our school. If such incidences arise, educate young people through our curriculum and support so that they understand and respect other people’s views and beliefs.
- To continuously review and revise the curriculum so that it represents a diverse culture and society and encourages tolerance and respect.