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Gilsland C.E. School

Equality Objectives

Public Sector Equality Duty


Background

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). It requires public bodies to promote equality and replaced three pre-existing duties relating to disability, race and gender equality


The PSED requires schools to:

Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the PSED – this information must include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic

Prepare and publish equality objectives

Schools need to update the published information at least annually and to publish objectives at least once every four years.

Data about employees will not need to be published where a public authority has fewer than 150 employees. This means that for the majority of schools, only pupil-related data will need to be published.

Eliminating discrimination

The school needs to show it is aware of the requirements of the Act and will comply with non-discrimination provisions. To do so, it could publish information or documents such as:

Policies relating to behaviour, anti-bullying, recruitment and pay

A note of a meeting at which staff or governors have been reminded of their duties under the Act

Evidence of staff training on the Act

Advancing equality of opportunity

The PSED requires schools to show they are advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

To fulfil this aspect of the duty, the DfE suggests publishing:

Attainment data showing how pupils with different characteristics are performing

Information on the steps the school is taking in response to the analysis of the above data. This may already be available in documents such as reports to the governing body

Evidence showing improvements for specific groups, such as a decline in incidents of homophobic or transphobic bullying


Fostering good relations

The PSED requires schools to show they are fostering good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

Information that schools could use to demonstrate that they are fulfilling this aspect includes evidence of:

Aspects of the curriculum that promote tolerance and friendship, and understanding of a range of religions and cultures

Initiatives to deal with tensions between different groups of pupils within the school

Engagement with people who have special knowledge that could inform the school's approach, such as disability equality groups



ACTIONS


1. Equality Objectives( to be discussed and agreed)


The demographic is almost exclusively white british and of christian faith. We seek to increase the exposure and understanding of different religions and ethnic groups to promote mutual respect and understanding.

Promoting the principle of fairness and justice for all through the education that is provided in the school, and recognising that doing this may entail treating some pupils differently

Seeking to ensure that all pupils have equal access to the full range of educational opportunities provided by the school

Raising the attainment of  boys in reading and writing

Ensuring that future building projects improve access

Ensuring all pupils visit places of worship as part of the religious education (RE) curriculum

Developing recording systems to monitor any incidences of discriminatory behaviours

Narrowing the gap in performance of pupils with disabilities 

Encouraging girls to consider non-stereotyped career options

Anticipating the needs of incoming pupils from a new group, such as traveller children

2. Publish information

Set up page on website to publish relevant information

a. Awareness and commitment to Public sector Equality Duty

The school aims to help pupils to develop a respect for others by having:

Respect for the equal rights of others

A sympathetic under understanding and tolerance of other’s ideas, feelings and points of view

An appreciation of the achievements of other individuals regardless of social or ethnic group and gender

Recognition of the damaging effects on rejected individuals and groups as a result of prejudice and discrimination

An understanding of the dangers of stereotyping individuals and groups

b. Relevant policies (behaviour, anti-bullying, recruitment and pay)


c. Data Publish Data on attainment in groups with different especially protected characteristics.


d. Equality objectives