Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
All pupils are offered a broad, balanced, stimulating and relevant curriculum regardless of their background, culture or ability. Each pupil is valued for who they are and what they bring to the school. We appreciate and celebrate the richness of diversity within the school community as well as the wider community. Through the work we do across the school on developing Values, we actively promote the importance of tolerance, co-operation, courage, determination, friendship and respect. Through this approach, pupils develop independence, confidence and integrity which prepares them for their future lives.
1. To close the gap in performance between different groups of learners.
The attainment of different groups of learners, however small, is scrutinised rigorously e.g. Looked After Children, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, different categories of SEN, learners with English as an additional language, learners eligible for Free School Meals.
This is monitored through:
- Data collation and analysis
- Learner target-setting arrangements
- Evaluation of Interventions
- All aspects of the curriculum embody the commitment to equality, including the ‘hidden’ curriculum, assemblies, activities and events etc.
2. To encourage learners how to recognise, challenge and report different forms of bullying, prejudice, racism, stereotypes, injustice and inequality.
The curriculum teaches diversity, facilitates an understanding of multiple identities, and challenges stereotyping.
This is evidenced in and monitored through:
- Schemes of work
- Lesson plans
- Resources and materials are routinely monitored to ensure they reflect inclusivity and equality.
- Curriculum mapping- to ensure that diversity is embedded not just in citizenship, history, geography, English literature, music and drama but across the whole curriculum.
3. To ensure that all members of staff access Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and guidance in Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
This is evidenced through:
- Details of the school’s CPD programme.
- Record of staff briefings.
- Record of staff attendance at relevant local, regional and national conferences.
- Becoming a Stonewall Champion
- Relevant details of the induction programme for new members of staff.
The school’s commitment to equality is communicated to all members of the extended school community (including staff, governors, learners, parents/carers and visitors) in a variety of ways. This comprises of regular Assemblies looking at Diversity in sexual orientation, SEN and families and celebrating difference, amongst a variety of other things. We welcome comments from families and encourage participation in supporting pupils exploration of what can be sensitive issues