Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) to all maintained schools and academies. This duty replaces all previous equality duties on race, disability and gender.
What the duty says:
The duty came into effect in April 2011 and has three main aims stated below. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:
• Eliminate unlawful harassment, discrimination and victimisation
• Advance equality of opportunity
• Foster good relations
Public bodies must publish information to show that they have conscientiously thought about the three aims of the Equality duty. This information must include information relating to people who share a relevant protected characteristic who are people affected by its policies and practices (service users)
Protected characteristics are:
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and Civil Partnership
St Johns aims to fully meet these duties by undertaking the following which will be regularly reviewed and updated:
1. To eliminate unlawful harassment, discrimination and victimisation.
• Copies of school policies; Bullying, SEN, Disability Equality Scheme, Admissions are published on the web site and reviewed regularly by the Governing body and staff.
• Information about the inclusive practices and actions are reported to Governors each term.
• All staff have had training in the Equality Act at a PDM in October 2112. The Chair of Governors and head teacher both have had additional training and discuss equality issues each half term at their meetings.
2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
• Our attainment data shows our SEN /EAL pupils make better than expected progress
• Our EAL input boost the language skills of bi-lingual pupils
• Booster classes and 1 to 1s help boys improve their performance in writing and girls in maths
• All pupils are fully included in all aspects of the curriculum and reasonable adjustments made when needed
• Examples of the culture of inclusion are reported to the governing body each term.
3. Foster good relations across all characteristics and between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it:
• Our PSHCE curriculum and SEAL topics help promote tolerance and understanding throughout the school.
• Whole school. Key stage and class assemblies regularly deal with relevant issues.
• The School Council regularly investigates pupil issues.
• School links with other schools and Kenya means pupils exchange experiences with other pupils from different backgrounds.
• The school deals quickly with any issues between different groups of pupils and parents as they arise.
For 2014/15 the school has the following objectives;
1. To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
2. To narrow the gap between boys and girls in writing at the end of FS,KS1 and KS2.
3. To promote cultural development and understanding of the local community through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the school for all pupils.