Equality Information and Objectives

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Aims

Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:

Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is 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 across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Legislation and guidance

This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:

The Equality Act 2010, which introduced the public sector equality duty and protects people from discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, which require schools to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the public sector equality duty and to publish equality objectives

This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.

This document also complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.

Roles and responsibilities

The board of trustees will:

Ensure that the equality information and objectives as set out in this statement are published and communicated throughout the school, including to staff, students and parents, and that they are reviewed and updated at least once every four years

Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the Principal

The equality link trustee will:

  • Meet with the designated member of staff for equality at least once a year and other relevant staff members, to discuss any issues and how these are being addressed
  • Ensure they’re familiar with all relevant legislation and the contents of this document
  • Attend appropriate equality and diversity training
  • Report back to the full board of trustees regarding any issues

The Principal will:

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and students
  • Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to trustees

The designated member of staff for equality will:

  • Support the Principal in promoting knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and students
  • Meet with the equality link governor at least once a year to raise and discuss any issues
  • Support the Principal in identifying any staff training needs, and deliver training as necessary

All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives as set out in section 8.

Eliminating discrimination

The school is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and complies with non-discrimination provisions.

Where relevant, our policies include reference to the importance of avoiding discrimination and other prohibited conduct.

Staff and trustees are regularly reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, for example during meetings. Where this has been discussed during a meeting it is recorded in the meeting minutes.

New staff receive training on the Equality Act as part of their induction, and all staff receive refresher training every three years.

The school has a designated member of staff for monitoring equality issues, and an equality link governor. They regularly liaise regarding any issues and make senior leaders and trustees aware of these as appropriate.

Advancing equality of opportunity

As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have (e.g. students with disabilities, or gay students who are being subjected to homophobic bullying)
  • Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic (e.g. enabling Muslim students to pray at prescribed times)
  • Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities

In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:

  • Publish attainment data each academic year showing how students with different characteristics are performing
  • Analyse the above data to determine strengths and areas for improvement, implement actions in response and publish this information
  • Make evidence available identifying improvements for specific groups (e.g. declines in incidents of homophobic or transphobic bullying)
  • Publish further data about any issues associated with particular protected characteristics, identifying any issues which could affect our own students

Fostering good relations

The school aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:

  • Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes teaching in RE, citizenship and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, but also activities in other curriculum areas. For example, as part of teaching and learning in English/reading, students will be introduced to literature from a range of cultures
  • Holding assemblies dealing with relevant issues. Students will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute
  • Working with our local community.
  • Encouraging and implementing initiatives to deal with tensions between different groups of students within the school. For example, our school council has representatives from different year groups and is formed of students from a range of backgrounds. All students are encouraged to participate in the school’s activities, such as sports clubs.
  • We have developed links with people and groups who have specialist knowledge about particular characteristics, which helps inform and develop our approach

Equality considerations in decision-making

The school ensures it has due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made.
The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups.

Equality objectives

Objective 1: To join the Disability Confident Employer scheme and achieve Level 1 by December 2019 to ensure there is not an under-representation of people with disabilities in the school workforce.

Objective 2: To narrow the gap between vulnerable groups of students and other students in access to homework and revision support, and in this way to reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school, particularly inequalities relating to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act

Objective 3: To improve attendance for those students with pupil premium funding, across the academic year, by reducing incidental absences. The gap between attendance for disadvantage and non-disadvantaged students will decrease by at least 50% from the previous academic year.

Objective 4: To ensure all relevant policies contain an equality statement, as part of the annual/ biannual review of policies thus reinforcing the academies commitment to equality.

Objective 5: To reduce incidents of unacceptable behaviour, including the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students in the academy, through the consistent application of the school ethos.

Monitoring arrangements

The academy will update the equality information we publish every year.

This document will be reviewed by board of trustees at least every 4 years.

This document will be approved by board of trustees.

Links with other policies

This document links to the following policies:

  • Accessibility plan
  • Risk assessment