Equality Act Statement – October 2020
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to replace three separate acts – disability, race and gender equality.
The Equality Act identifies the following ‘protected characteristics’: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.
Within the act, there are both ‘general’ and ‘specific’ duties placed upon all public bodies, including schools.
To publish information to demonstrate how we comply with the equality duty (please see below). To publish one or more equality objectives):
- To identify parents, carers, staff and other users of the school, representing the different protected characteristics by including an anonymous and sensitive data collection section on parent and staff questionnaires.
- Purchase new resources to reflect the full range of protected characteristics in the local community.
- To positively encourage our 'vulnerable' pupils to attend and participate in extracurricular activities, including prioritising allocation of places and adjustments to intake as required.
At Halling Primary School, the general duties as set out in the Equality Act (2010) are met through the following:
Actions by the school
Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
· Equality Impact Assessments carried out when policies are reviewed and for significant actions such as school trips.
· Reasonable adjustments are made, including the use of auxillary aids and services where appropriate to enable equality of access for disabled pupils, parents and staff.
· The PSHE curriculum, including our Core Values provides both direct and indirect teaching about discrimination and all its forms.
· Records of incidents of racist and homophobic bullying are collected, investigated appropriately and reported.
· The Behaviour Policy sets out proactive and reactive approaches to eliminate discrimination.
· Proactively collaborate with the parental body regarding discrimination.
· Model positive behaviour to encourage understanding and tolerance.
· Challenge unacceptable attitudes to discrimination appropriately.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
An Accessibility Plan is published.
· Make alternative and sensitive travel arrangements, where needed, to ensure opportunities for all pupils on educational day visits.
· Offer lunchtime and after-school clubs to both gender groups equally.
· Monitor rates of inclusion for all clubs and actively encourage participation where participation rates indicate an in-balance of access.
· Collection and analysis of data relating to: pupil attainment and progress data relating to different groups information about how different groups access the whole curriculum, uptake of extra curriculum activities by group, exclusions data analysed by group, attendance data analysed by group and records of bullying and harassment on the grounds of any equality issue data on the recruitment, development and retention of employees
· Ensure that all pupils are equally valued and are given equal opportunity to participate in pupil voice groups such as School Council.
· Ensure a fair system for representation including democratic votes for all pupils.
Foster good relations across all protected characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
· A range of represented cultures are integrated into the curriculum.
· Parents are encouraged to attend school events including assemblies, celebration ceremonies and educational activities.
· Informally present written correspondence orally to parents to account for cultural preferences.
· Delivery of the curriculum reflects equality of all groups including those with protected characteristics.
· Actively engage in external support systems, such as the use of translators, to promote equality of language and culture.
Publications evidencing how Halling Primary School meets the Equality Duties
Published on the school website:
Equal Opportunities Policy
Race Equality Policy
Relationships & Sex Education Policy
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Policy