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Public Sector Equality Duty
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.
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
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
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