Equality Objectives 2022-2026
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals or treat them less favourably because of their sex; race; age; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
As a public organisation, we are required to:
- Have due regard to the PSED when making decisions, taking action or developing policy and practice.
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equalities Policy.
- Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable.
Our Equalities Policy is in line with national guidance and contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and the wider school community on our approach to promoting equality.
Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities, our Cooperative values and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
For 2022 - 2026, our Equality Objectives are:
- To continue to provide a school environment that aims to create a welcoming and inclusive culture for all.
- To continue to close the gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students.
- To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.
- To promote and role model positive and inclusive behaviours and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to inappropriate and discriminatory behaviours (including language) within our school.
- To provide a school environment which is accessible for all students, staff and visitors.