The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) (sometimes also referred to as the ‘general duty’) that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and Academies, and extends to certain protected characteristics – race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. This combined equality duty came into effect in April 2011. It has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies – including schools – are required to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act,
- 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.
At Sutton in Craven C of E VC Primary School, ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background is a key commitment. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those linked to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life. We are committed to ensuring equality of provision for everyone throughout the school community. One statement of Our Aims and Visions says:-
“Our Christian Values underpin and motivate high expectations for us all and together they create a loving community, a climate of dignity, respect, safety and support, a place of love, courage, peace and high aspiration for all to flourish.”
Our equality objectives for 2017 – 2020 are:-
- To value all staff, pupils, parents and governors equally and to appreciate the positive aspects of diversity, including cultural, linguistic, racial or religious backgrounds and disability or educational special needs represented in the school and in the local communities and society.
- To ensure all staff, pupils, parents and governors have equal opportunities.
- To help overcome stereotyped views of others and actively work against prejudice.
- To ensure that individuals within the school do not suffer from harassment arising from racist or sexist attitudes
- To ensure that there are procedures within the school to monitor concerns and take appropriate action.
- To raise attainment in writing for boys
- To encourage girls to consider non-stereotyped career options;